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Organization Theory for Social and Technological Change

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Briefly, summarize the origin of OT. Address how the work of classical theorists, such as Taylor, Weber, Follett, and others are still relevant today. Given the newer perspectives (symbolic interpretivism and postmodernism) should we still refer to these works?

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Hatch & Cunliffe (2006), states that organization theory was based on sociological and managerial theories and it is only in the 1960s recognized as a field of study. The origin of organization theory was developed in the early eighteen and late nineteen centuries. According to Hatch (2006), Weber, the bureaucracies, staffed by bureaucrats, represented the ideal organizational form. He based his model bureaucracy on legal and absolute authority, logic, and order. In Weber's idealized organizational structure, responsibilities for workers are clearly defined and behavior is tightly controlled by rules, policies, and procedures.

Hatch (2006), Weber's and Fayol's theories found broad application in the early and mid-1900s, in part because of the influence of Frederick W. Taylor (1856-1915). In a 1911 book entitled Principles of Scientific Management, Taylor outlined his theories and ...

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Organization Theory emerges through social and technological changes in the nineteen century. Theses changes allow for a foundation for hypothesizing and study for organization theories.