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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1292039884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1292039886
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Hansen on 8 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
Damn expensive for such a small book!
I have not read it yet. But expect it to be boring!
Besides that I prefer the small size to a larger - if that means it's faster to read.
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Comprehensive and Open 6 Jan 2008
By Rebecca L. Henn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I can't imagine a better introduction to students of Organizations. The writing is clear, and assumes no background knowledge (I had none). Yet it is a deeply informative and thought-provoking book. A friend of mine in the M&O PhD program at Michigan (Davis' home department) says that you could pass preliminary exams if you memorized (*really* memorized) everything in the book. Unlike most textbooks, Scott and Davis actually locate the "perspectives" in current conversations.
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Really Understanding Organizations 18 Oct 2011
By Nina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really appreciate that book. That got me excited about teaching my Organization Theory class. What I like the most about it is that it does give a very good overview of where we stand in terms of the organizational form as such. It also provides some interesting food for thought in terms of the implied goals and actually carried-out functions of organizations that kept me (and still keep me) ruminating about some of the material and how it affects our daily lives. Additionally, because of the prominence of organizations in our society, the book can be informative in many different ways (including understanding better our economy and some of the conflicts we experience on a daily basis). I wonder about the interpretation of the current social and economical landscape that the authors could offer. There is a good summary discussion at the end with thoughts about current and future organizational (societal) issues. The style of the book, however, is not a bestseller popular style; it is definitely more academic than popular press.
Become a (sorta)instant (sorta)expert on organizations! 11 Nov 2014
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Become a (sorta)instant (sorta)expert on organizations! In one book!

I came to this text with very little organizational theory background but this text really shored up that front of things. It's written concisely, if you have trained yourself to gloss over citations, of which there are many, but this is a graduate level text so you better get used to citations. The text nicely borrows across the theoretical disciplines contributing to organizational theory: management, industrial psychology, sociology, etc. It's a textbook but it's almost like reading the primary texts because it directly refers to and compares different theories and empirical studies.

Oh, and I took the course with Davis himself, really fun guy, his humor does show through in some portions of text.
Depends on what your aim is 30 Jan 2013
By Nicole Choi - Published on Amazon.com
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Depends on what your aim is: unless you're a super expert in this topic, this is a superb overview of orgniazational theories for any level of mangers or students.
These guys love to cite other works and sometimes spend paragraph upon ... 27 Oct 2014
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It's a text book... These guys love to cite other works and sometimes spend paragraph upon paragraph doing it. If you don't have to read it, take a pass.
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