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Formal Organizations


reviewed by Chris Argyris 1963

coverTitle: Formal Organizations
Author(s): P. M. Blau, R. W. Scott
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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The objective of this book is to develop a theory of formal organizations derived from and tested by empirical studies. It achieves this objective well and leaves the reader with the impression of a well integrated, systematic analysis of formal organizational problems from a sociological point of view. One limitation of such an approach is that it necessarily restricts the discussion to points of view and data that fit the theory. Since the particular theory is in its infancy, much available data are therefore omitted. For example, the case studies used come primarily from the authors' work. Group cohesiveness is dealt with primarily in terms of Homans. The extensive work of the Michigan group (plus the offshoots) is largely ignored. The excellent discussion on the organization and the environment focuses again on the authors' own interesting empirical studies but neglects other equally useful and important inquiries (Dent, Thompson, Dill). Finally, there... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 4, 1963, p. 347-347
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2914, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:08:24 PM

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