Organisation Theory


Organisational theory puts substantial emphasis on people in organisations and how they are treated. An overview of the theory’s and strengths and drawbacks, measurement and focus areas helps leaders apply the principles in practice.

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Organisation Theory

Organisation Theory Definition

Organisation theory is the study of organisational design, relationships and structures. It focuses on such dimensions as level of organisation formalisation, specialisation, standardisation, hierarchy of authority, complexity, size, goals and strategy. These dimensions provide a way of measuring and analysing organisations (Daft, 1997).

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  • Burnes, B. (2009) Managing Change, Pearson, UK.
  • Combe, M. (2014) Change Readiness: Focusing Change Management Where It Counts, Project Management Institute, [online] Avalibale at: (http://www.pmi.org/learning/~/media/PDF/Knowledge%20Center/Focusing-Change-Management-Where-it-Counts.ashx) [Accessed September 2015].
  • Daft, R.L. (1997) Organization Theory and Design, 6th Edition, South-Western Publishing, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Farazmand, A. (2002) Organization Theory: From Pre-Classical to Contemporary and Critical Theories - An Overview and Appraisal, In Farazmand, A. (Ed.), Modern Organizations: Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition, Praeger, Westport and London, 19-62.

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