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The Structuring of Organizations (Theory of Management Policy) [Facsimile] [Paperback]

Henry Mintzberg

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28 Dec 1978 Theory of Management Policy

Book is a synthesis of the empirical literature currently available on organizational structuring. A framework is developed enabling students to handle organizational problems. For use as a supplement in upper level Organizational Design courses in Management.

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Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal and winner of awards from the most prestigious practitioner and academic institutions in management (Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management, Association of Management Consulting Firms, and others.) He is the author of fifteen books, including Managing, Managers Not MBAs, Strategy Safari, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, and Mintzberg on Management. For more information on his activities, visit www.mintzberg.org and www.CoachingOurselves.com.

"Perhaps the world's premier management thinker". Tom Peters

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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic book on organization structuring 11 Dec 2001
By José A. Sánchez Villanueva - Published on Amazon.com
Mintzberg's book is one of those papers that must be read for anyone interested in the drives that shape the organization structure. It's well organized and starts out by the basics as coordination mechanisms and dives into the driving forces (internal and externals) through all the literature available by that time.
Its final explanation of the structure as the outcome of forces and drives shed insight into structure as an outcome (affected even by fashions). This envision is clear even if new forces are uncovered by the experts.
On the drawbacks side, the book is slightly out of date regarding the research background for a nowdays reader(not its fault since the book is 20 years old), some chapters as the impact of some factors in structuring are padded out and the human being behavior impact is lightly treated. Some outlooks have failed (20 aditional years gives you some "foresight" to see why they went wrong, which is funny).
All in all, even if it's slightly outdated, it is worth to have a go at it. It's easy to read and offer a good overview.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The basics about organisations ! 15 Nov 2008
By Eric Schmitz - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to understand organisations, if you want to understand why there are different organisations, if you want to understand how to improve your organisationstructure, then please read this book careful and several times.
It explains the different groups within the organisation and what thier role is.
The book itself is not a workbook with action steps and so on. It is theoretical and you will have till to do your homework yourself.
But it helps your thinking in terms of structure and roles within an organisation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential tool for students of organizations 14 Nov 2013
By Pepere A - Published on Amazon.com
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Mintizberg's research and publications consistently deliver practical theory with broad applications. This is a must-read for any student of organizations, institutions, organizational development, government, and management.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book about organizations ever 14 Nov 2013
By Kari sutinen - Published on Amazon.com
Read it first time 20 years ago and now again. Comprehensive and useful. Hopefully someone some day writes a modern updated analysis having this ground work as basis. Must read for everyone who want to understand the past and the future of any organization.
5.0 out of 5 stars What is a bureaucracy? 30 Dec 2010
By Hans Lodder - Results2Match - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives a perfect answer to the question: what is a bureaucracy. It goes into the scientific details, but also provides much practical advice.
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