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The International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies is the definitive description of the field, spanning individual, organizational, societal, and cultural perspective in a cross-disciplinary manner. It is the premier reference tool for students, educators, scholars, and practitioners to gather knowledge about a range of important topics from the unique perspective of organization studies with extensive international representation. The Encyclopedia is thoroughly cross-referenced, and entries are based around a series of broad themes. Editors Stewart R. Clegg and James R. Bailey bring together a team of international contributors from the fields of management, psychology, sociology, communications, education, political science, public administration, anthropology, law, and other related areas.
Vol.1 : A-D. - XLVIII, 411, I-59 p. vol.2 : E-L. - XXIII, p. 413-836, I-59 p. vol.3 : M-O. - XXIII, p. 837-1214, I-59 P. vol.4 : P-Z. - XXIII, p. 1215-1639, I-59 p.
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Charles Perrow once called organization studies "a zoological garden where we are not even looking at the same beast," that is, a diverse field encompassing many disciplines and approaches. The field came together in the 1950s around the study of the management of work. For this encyclopedia, Clegg (business, Univ. of Technology, Sydney, Australia) and Bailey (Tucker Professor of Leadership & director, executive education, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Business) chose topics from the Handbook of Organization Studies, which Clegg coedited for Sage in 1996. However, the editors also included subjects they saw as previously marginalized, such as power relations, feminism, globalization, virtual reality, and value assumptions. The 400 entries reflect the concerted internationalism of the 350 contributors, most of whom appear to be members of the European Group for Organization Studies. At three pages each, the entries cover such topics as control, corporate branding, Hawthorne studies, multiculturalism, organizational environments, team learning, technological determinism, and values. Each entry has two sections: a "Conceptual Overview" and "Critical Commentary/Future Directions," with further readings and cross-references also included. There are no biographical entries, but the contributions of important individuals are explored. The index should be a lot better. For instance, "social responsibility" is indexed only under "corporate social responsibility." To help users possibly overcome the indexing handicap, there is a Reader's Guide of entries classified by 20 categories such as "Culture and Symbolism," "Leadership Theory," and "Technologies." There is also a straight alphabetical list of entries. The text boasts few illustrations and relatively few web sites, giving the set a dated feel. BOTTOM LINE This work is probably essential for labor and management collections. No other reference work attempts to be so inclusive about organizations, but considering the price and the drawbacks already cited, think twice. [Available electronically through SAGE eReference and Gale Virtual Reference Library.]--Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This set offers over 500 entries on 20 topics associated with organization studies. The editors indicate that the selection of topics/issues covered was neither the result of a particular agenda nor entirely random. As a starting point, they used the indexes of two prior reference works: Handbook of Organization Studies, ed. by S. Clegg, C. Hardy, and W. Nord (CH, Jun'97, 34-5777); and the textbook Managing and Organizations, by S. Clegg, M. Kornberger, and T. Pitsis (2005). The editors cast a wide net by distributing the list to an international editorial board that added and subtracted to it and suggested contributors. Each entry follows a consistent format: "Conceptual Overview," "Critical Commentary" (evaluates the state of scholarship), "Future Directions" (for inquiry), and "Further Readings" (recommends in-depth studies by experts).Written in an accessible style, with jargon defined (and used only when necessary), the entries provide concise introductions to topics. Since many of the topics addressed are inherently abstract and theoretical, this can be a difficult task. For example, in the essay on postmodernity, the author begins by stating that "the concept of post modernity, by its own logic, encourages multiple interpretations and resists definitions," and then traces the philosophy historically; this approach is helpful in understanding this less-than-straightforward school of thought. The author of "Business Ethics" frankly points to objections by scholars who claim that " ... business ethics has little to offer managers in corporations. It lacks practical understanding and it is hopelessly alienated from the daily dilemmas in which practitioners find themselves." This encyclopedia is a significant contribution to the reference literature for organization studies, a field that has expanded greatly in recent years and has become increasingly hybridized. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. M. L. Stark Harvard Business School