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LUBS1760
Module Reading List

Business and Society (Organisation Theory), 2019/20, Semester 2
Zinovijus Ciupijus
Z.Ciupijus@lubs.leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1: Taylor and Scientific Management

Key readings:

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Bureaucracy and Scientific Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage. (Pages: 34-42) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work, Fourth Edition. MacMillan: London (Chapter 6)

Watson, T. (2012) Sociology, work and organisation, Sixth Edition. London: Routledge (Chapter 2)

Additional readings:

Braverman, H. (1974) Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, Monthly Review Press, (introduction and chapters 4 and 5)

Taylor, F.W. (1911/1967) ‘Fundamentals of Scientific Management’, in The Principles of Scientific Management. New York: Harper and Row.

 

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Week 2: Ford and the rise of mass production

Key readings:

Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work, Fourth Edition. MacMillan: London (Chapter 6)  

Watson, T. (2012) Sociology, work and organisation ISBN: 9780415681087 (hardback); 9780415681094 (pbk.); 9781136646874 (ebk.), Sixth Edition. London: Routledge (Chapters 4 and 5)

K. Williams et al.(1992), Ford Versus Fordism: The Beginings of Mass Production, Work, employment and society. Vol 6.,.

P. Thompson and D. McHugh (2002), Work Organisations, London: Macmillan Chapter 2

Additional readings:

H. Beynon (1985), Working For Ford. Harmondsworth: Penguin..

Meyer, S. (1981) The five dollar day : labor management and social control in the Ford Motor Company 1908-1921, SUNY Press, Albany

G. Ritzer (1993), The McDonaldization of Society. California: Pine Forge Press.

 

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Week 3: Mayo and the Human Relations school

Key reading: 

 Grey, C. (2008) ‘Human Relations Theory and People Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage .

Additional readings:

O’Connor, E. (1999) ‘Minding the Workers: The Meaning of ‘Human’ and ‘Human Relations’ in Elton Mayo’, Organization : the interdisciplinary journal of organization, theory and society., 6: 223-246.

Bramel, D. and Friend, R. (1981) ‘Hawthorne, The Myth of the Docile Worker, and Class Bias in Psychology’, The American psychologist., 36: 867-878.

 

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Week 4: The growth of the modern corporation

Key reading:

Ackroyd, S. (2002) The organization of business : applying organizational theory to contemporary change, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Chapters 3 and 4). Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Williamson, O.E., 1981. The modern corporation: origins, evolution, attributes. Journal of economic literature, 19(4), pp.1537-1568.

Additional readings:

Chandler, A.D. (1977) The Visible Hand. London, Harvard University Press (Abridged version in Putterman, L. (1986) The Economic Nature of the Firm).

Chandler, A.D. (1984) ‘The emergence of managerial capitalism’ in Supple, B. (ed.) The rise of big business, Aldershot: Edward Elgar Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

 

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Week 5: Lean production/Japanese management

Williams, K et al. (1992) ‘Against lean production’, Economy and society., 21, 3.  

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine That Changed the World. Rawson Associates. (esp. pages 17-69). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Stewart, P. (1997) ‘Beyond Japan, beyond consensus? From Japanese management to lean production’, Asia Pacific Business Review.

Additional readings:

Elger, T. and Smith, C. (1994) ‘Global Japanisation? ’ in T. Elger and C. Smith (eds) Global Japanization? : the transnational transformation of the labour process. London: Routledge.

Roper, I, Prabhu, V. and Van Zwandenberg, N. (1997) ‘(Only) Just-in-Time: Japanisation and the ‘Non-Learning’ Firm’, Work, employment and society., Vol 11. No. 1, pp. 27-46

Holweg, M. (2007). The genealogy of lean production. Journal of operations management., 25(2), 420-437.

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine That Changed the World. Rawson Associates. (esp. pages 17-69).

 

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Week 6: Organizational Culture

Key readings:

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Organizational Culture and Self-Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage.

Smircich, L. (1983) ‘Concepts of Culture and Organizational Analysis’, Administrative science quarterly., 28: 339-358.

Additional readings:

Kunda, G. (1992) ‘Culture and Organization’, in Engineering culture : control and commitment in a high-tech corporation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Willmott, H. (1993) ‘Strength is Ignorance; Slavery is Freedom: Managing Culture in Modern Organizations’, Journal of Management Studies., 30: 515-552.

 

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Week 7: Post-bureaucracy and the flexible firm

Key readings:

Alvesson, M. and Thompson, P. (2004) ‘Post-Bureaucracy? ’, in S. Ackroyd, P. Thompson, R. Batt and P.S. Tolbert (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Atkinson, J. (1984) 'Manpower Strategies for Flexible Organisations' Personnel management., August, 1984 pp 28 31.

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Post-Bureaucracy and Change Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage.

Additional readings

Alvesson, M. and Thompson, P. (2004) ‘Post-Bureaucracy? ’, in S. Ackroyd, P. Thompson, R. Batt and P.S. Tolbert (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Pollert, A. (1988) 'The Flexible Firm: Fixation or Fact? ', Work, employment and society.,

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D (2002) Work Organisations, Palgrave: Hampshire (Chapter 11)

Hirst Paul & Zeitlin Jonathan (1991) Flexible specialization versus post-Fordism: theory, evidence and policy implications, Economy and society., 20:1, 5-9

 

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Week 8: The development of management

Key readings

Ackroyd, D. (2002) The organization of business : applying organizational theory to contemporary change: Oxford: OUP Chapters 3 and 4 Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Barley, S.R. and Kunda, G. (1992) ‘Design and Devotion: Surges of Rational and Normative Ideologies of Control in Managerial Discourse’, Administrative science quarterly., 37: 363-399.

DiMaggio, P.J. and Powell, W.W. (1983) ‘The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organization Fields’, American sociological review., 48: 147-160

 

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Week 9: Financialization

Key readings

Lazonick W and O’Sullivan M (2000) Maximising shareholder value: a new ideology for corporate governance. Economy and society. 29(1): 13–35.

Thompson P (2013) Financialization and the workplace: extending and applying the disconnected capitalism thesis. Work, employment and society., June 2013; vol. 27, 3: pp. 472-488.

Williams K (2000) From shareholder value to present-day capitalism, Economy and society, 29:1, 1-12

Additional readings

Boyer R (2000) Is a Finance-led growth regime a viable alternative to Fordism? A preliminary analysis, Economy and society, 29:1, 111-145

Dore R (2008) Financialization of the global economy. Industrial and corporate change. 17(6): 1097–1112.

Lapavitsas, C. (2011) Theorizing financialization, Work, employment and society, December 2011; vol. 25, 4: pp. 611-626 

This list was last updated on 17/02/2019