A Companion to Organizational Anthropology. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology

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  • 572 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A Companion to Organizational Anthropology is a broad overview of the field that has evolved over the last few decades from the study of work and economic organizations to a broader research agenda of analyzing complex organizations that include government agencies, transnational corporations, supernational regulatory bodies and non–profit organizations.

The Companion outlines the historical development of the field, and surveys the rich variety of ethnographic methods and how they are used in the study of organizations. The authors illuminate such vital topics as organizational dynamics, entrepreneurship, partnerships, organizational innovation, social networks, cognitive models and team building, organizational dysfunctions, global networked organizations, NGOs, indigenous organizations, labor unions, virtual communities, as well as corporate culture and social responsibility. 

The authors study processes in organizations and also the complex relationships among organizations and how those relationships impact and are impacted by market, societal and global issues. 

The Companion demonstrates how the work anthropologists conduct in complex organizations is a body of work so large, broad–based and important to understanding of life in the twenty–first century as to constitute an important subfield in the discipline.

Leading scholars provide the most up–to–date and comprehensive coverage of developments in the field, to make this new companion the authoritative guide for researchers, instructors and students in anthropological studies of complex organizations.

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Notes on Contributors viii

Abstracts xiv

Expanding the Field of Organizational Anthropology for the Twenty–first Century 1Ann T. Jordan and D. Douglas Caulkins

Part I Critique and Theory 25

1. The Organization of Anthropology and Higher Education in the United States 27Davydd J. Greenwood

2. The Changing Rhetoric of Corporate Culture 56Allen W. Batteau

3. New Institutional Approaches to Formal Organizations 74Marietta L. Baba, Jeanette Blomberg, Christine LaBond, and Inez Adams

4. Entrepreneurship Studies 98Peter Rosa and D. Douglas Caulkins

5. Neurological Model of Organizational Culture 122Tomoko Hamada Connolly

Part II Methods and Analysis 147

6. Social Networks and Organizations 149Brandon Ofem, Theresa M. Floyd, and Stephen P. Borgatti

7. A Mixed–Methods Approach to Understand Global Networked Organizations 167Julia C. Gluesing

8. Measuring Organizational Dynamics 193Gerald Mars

9. Semiotics of Organizations 204Joseph D. Hankins

10. An Ethnography of Numbers 219Daniel Neyland

11. Managing Conflict on Organizational Partnerships 236Elizabeth K. Briody

Part III Organizational Processes 257

12. Working on Work Organizations 259Charles N. Darrah and Alicia Dornadic

13. Organizational Innovation Is a Participative Process 275Morten Levin

14. Communities of Practice 289Susan Squires and Michael L. Van De Vanter

15. Organizational Networks and Social Capital 311Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen and Christian Waldstrøm

16. American Labor Unions as Organizations 328Paul Durrenberger and Suzan Erem

17. Virtual Organizations 346Christina Wasson

18. Sustaining Social Sector Organizations 362Joan A. Tucker and D. Douglas Caulkins

Part IV Globalization, Development, and Modernization 379

19. The Contemporary World of Finance 381Allen W. Batteau

20. Globalization, Modernization, and Complex Organizations 399Ann T. Jordan

21. Chinese Business Ventures into China 418Heidi Dahles and Juliette Koning

22. Corporate Social Responsibility: Interaction between Market and Community 438Bengi Ertuna

23. NGOs and Community Development: Assessing the Contributions from Sen s Perspective of Freedom 455J. Montgomery Roper

24. Why Are Indigenous Organizations Declining in Latin America? 471Carmen Martínez Novo

25. Australian Indigenous Organizations 493Sarah E. Holcombe and Patrick Sullivan

26. Organization of Schooling in Three Countries 519Edmund T. Hamann, Saloshna Vandeyar, and Juan Sánchez García

Index 538

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Douglas Caulkins and Ann Jordan s Companion represents an important framing of knowledge about organizations that combines insights from anthropology and organizational studies. Scholars in both disciplines should take note: Organizational anthropology has come of age!.   (Expofairs.com, 11 November 2014)

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