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Organizations Evolving

Second Edition


February 2006 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Howard Aldrich and Martin Ruef's tour de force shows us how the evolutionary approach can explain change not only in organizational populations, but within sectors and within organizations. Aldrich and Ruef display an astonishing command of the management literature, using vivid illustrations from cutting edge research to show how the processes of variation, selection, retention, and struggle operate within organizations and across them. A lucid and engaging book that should appeal both to the newcomer to organization theory and to the old pro."
- Frank Dobbin, Harvard University


A keenly anticipated Second Edition of an award winning classic, Organizations Evolving presents a sophisticated evolutionary view of key organizational paradigms that will give readers a unified understanding of modern organizations.

This Second Edition is up-to-date in its survey of the literature, as well as an overview of the new developments across organization studies. It contains new sections on organizational forms, community evolution and methods for studying organizations at multiple levels.

The field of organization studies contains many contending paradigms that often puzzle and perplex students. This book is a stunning synthesis of the major organizational paradigms under the umbrella of organizational theory. Scholars and students will find it an excellent guide to the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches, as well as an outstanding review of the best recent empirical research on organizations.

The book includes many helpful features, such as:

" Review questions and exercises that will consolidate reader's learning

" A methodological appendix that assesses common research methods

" Engaging cases that bring principles and concepts to life

This Second Edition is a rich resource for study, discussion and debate amongst organizational scholars and postgraduate students of organizations.

 
Introduction and Themes
 
The Evolutionary Approach
 
How the Evolutionary Approach Relates to Other Approaches
 
Entrepreneurs and the Emergence of New Organizations
 
Organizational Boundaries
 
Organizational Forms
 
Organizational Transformation
 
Organizations and Social Change
 
Emergence of New Populations of Organizations
 
Reproducing Populations
Foundings and Disbandings

 
 
Community Evolution

Ideal text on change, covering a variety of approaches

Mr Ian Fouweather
Other, Bradford University
May 8, 2013

Organizations evolving provides a highly recommended reading for those studying the nature and evolutions of organizations. A thorough description of what constitutes and nurtures organizations, this book should be an essential reading for students of organizational behavior.

Mr Juan Carriquiry
Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University
April 30, 2013

This is an excellent book that provides a conceptual framework for organizational theory. It includes study questions and excercises at the end of the chapters, so it could well assist a course on organizational theory.

Dr Karoly Takacs
Institute of Sociol, Corvinus University of Budapest
December 19, 2011

This Second Edition is an up-to-date survey of the literature, as well as an overview of developments across organization studies. It contains new sections on organizational forms, community evolution and methods for studying organizations at multiple levels.

The book includes many helpful features, such as:

- Review questions and exercises that will consolidate reader's learning

- A methodological appendix that assesses common research methods

- Engaging cases that bring principles and concepts to life

Howard Aldrich

Howard E. Aldrich received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is Kenan Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology Department, Adjunct Professor of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Faculty Research Associate at the Department of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.  His book, Organizations Evolving (Sage, 1999), won the George Terry Award from the Academy of Management and was co-winner of the Max Weber Award from the OOW section of the American Sociological Association.  In 2000, he won the Swedish Foundation on Small Business Award for his... More About Author

Martin Ruef

While formal organizations (and the institutions that support them) are key features of the contemporary social landscape, sociologists have only recently developed empirical descriptions of the processes that lead to their emergence. My research considers the social context of entrepreneurship from both a contemporary and historical perspective. Large-scale surveys of entrepreneurs in the United States permit me to explore team formation, innovation, exchange processes, and boundary maintenance in nascent startups. My historical analyses address entrepreneurial activity leading to the founding of U.S. medical schools since the 18th... More About Author

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