Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational Effectiveness

A Comparison of Multiple Models

1st Edition - December 28, 1982

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  • Editors: Kim S. Cameron, David A. Whetten
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268545

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Organizational Effectiveness: A Comparison of Multiple Models directly addresses the issues of non-integration and non-comparability. This book not only provides well thought out approaches to effectiveness as a construct, but also practical suggestions for improving effectiveness in organizations. A set of integrating questions that raise theoretical, conceptual, empirical, research, practical, and managerial issues are also included. This text likewise compares and contrasts theoretical and philosophical roots of a particular perspective with other perspectives. This publication is intended for scholars and researchers seeking to understand and measure organizational effectiveness, as well as practitioners who are faced with the problem of managing and improving their own organization's effectiveness.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    1 Organizational Effectiveness: One Model or Several?

    Understanding Organizational Effectiveness



    I Multiple Models of Organizational Effectiveness

    2 An Interactionist Perspective on Organizational Effectiveness

    The Attraction-Selection-Attrition Framework

    Theoretical, Methodological, and Practical Implications


    3 A Framework for an Integrated Model of Organizational Effectiveness

    Merging Contemporary Theories

    An Integration of Models

    Responses to Integrative Questions


    4 The Effectiveness of Interpretation Systems

    Interpretation Systems and Organizational Effectiveness

    Characteristics of Interpretation Systems

    A Model of Organizational Interpretations

    Interpretation System Effectiveness



    5 A Political-Economic Perspective on Organizational Effectiveness

    Value Issues in Conceptualizing Organizational Effectiveness

    Critical Theory and Welfare Economics

    The Population Perspective of Organizational Effectiveness



    6 Pursuing Organizational Effectiveness That Is Ambiguously Specified

    Departing from Tradition

    Specifying Goals and Avoiding Their Specification

    Decomposing Control Structurally and Temporally

    Searching Analytically and Mechanistically

    Reaping Benefits from Ambiguities


    7 On the Demise of Organizational Effectiveness Studies

    Basic Theses

    Outcome Approaches to OE

    Determinant Approaches to OE

    An Alternative Approach



    II Comparisons and Implications of Multiple Models of Effectiveness

    8 Organizational Effectivness and Organizational Behavior: A Critical Perspective

    Comparing, Critiquing, and Integrating the Perspectives

    Organizational Effectiveness Issues and Prescriptions from Organizational Behavior

    A Perspective



    9 Assessing Outcomes and Effects

    Some Basic Premises

    Performance Assessment: An Idealization

    Types of Assessments

    Purposes of Assessment

    Other Realities

    Reactions to the Six Contributions



    10 The Implications of Effectiveness Theory for Managerial Practice in the Public Sector

    The Infinity Problem

    The Necessity of Arbitrary Circumscription

    Retaining Ambiguity and Mitigating Cross-Purposes


    11 Organizational Effectiveness: Implications for the Practice of Management

    First Responses: From Nord to Schneider

    Weick and Daft

    Starbuck and Nystrom




    Six Authors: Common Themes

    Affective Considerations

    Contributions to the Practice of Management

    Practical Alternatives



    12 Some Conclusions about Organizational Effectiveness

    Conclusions about Organizational Effectiveness

    Guidelines for Assessing Organizational Effectiveness



    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 308
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: December 28, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268545

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Kim S. Cameron

David A. Whetten

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