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The Legalistic Organization

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Organization Studies

January 1994 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this volume, a multidisciplinary group of scholars investigate the changing attitudes towards management decisions in today's workplace. Across a variety of areas traditionally reserved for managerial authority - employee hiring and firing, corporate takeovers and plant closings - managers face an increased likelihood of public and legal scrutiny of their decisions and decision-making processes. Formal procedures, decision-making criteria and the use of legal rhetoric within organizations are all addressed in the book.
Sim B Sitkin and Robert J Bies
Introduction
Mark G Yudof
Preface
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION AND THEORETICAL CONTEXT
W Richard Scott
Law and Organizations
Sim B Sitkin and Robert J Bies
The Legalization of Organizations
A Multi-Theoretical Perspective

 
 
PART TWO: LEGALISTIC PROCEDURES
John Van Maanen and Brian T Pentland
Cops and Auditors
The Rhetoric of Records

 
Michael J Smitka
Contracting Without Contracts
How the Japanese Manage Organizational Transactions

 
Martha S Feldman and Alan J Levy
Effects of Legal Context on Decision Making Under Ambiguity
 
PART THREE: LEGALISTIC CRITERIA IN DECISION MAKING
Nancy L Roth, Sim B Sitkin and Ann House
Stigma as a Determinant of Legalization
Donna M Randall and Douglas D Baker
The Threat of Legal Liability and Managerial Decision Making
Regulation of Reproductive Health in the Workplace

 
Mary J Culnan, H Jeff Smith and Robert J Bies
Law, Privacy, and Organizations
The Corporate Obsession to Know Versus the Individual Right Not to Be Known

 
Idalene F Kesner and Jeffrey B Kaufmann
The Changing Legal Environment
A Review and Recommendations for Today's Corporate Directors

 
 
PART FOUR: LEGALISTIC RHETORIC
Larry D Browning and Robert Folger
Communication Under Conditions of Litigation Risk
A Grounded Theory of Plausible Deniability in the Iran-Contra Affair

 
Randall K Stutman and Linda L Putnam
The Consequences of Language
A Metaphorical Look at the Legalization of Organizations

 
Debra L Shapiro and Deborah M Kolb
Reducing the Litigious Mentality by Increasing Employees' Desire to Communicate Grievances
 
PART FIVE: REFLECTIONS ON THE LEGALISTIC ORGANIZATION
Jeffrey Pfeffer
The Costs of Legalization
The Hidden Dangers of Increasingly Formalized Control

 
Chris Argyris
Litigation Mentality and Organizational Learning

Sim B. Sitkin

Robert J. Bies

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