Organizations in Action
Competition between Contexts
By Peter Clark
Routledge – 1999 – 368 pages
This original and ambitious work provides a fascinating examination of organizations from both a post-modern and new organizational economics perspective. Combining strategy, international business and organisational theory, it represents a ground-breaking critique of prevailing mainstream modernist theories of organization. Distinctive features include:
* a comprehensive analysis of social and organizational theory
* discussion and exploration of knowledge capitalism
* a critique of core competencies and resource based approaches to strategy, human resource management and organizational behaviour.
In an essential area of study for every business undergraduate and reflective manager, this outstanding book pulls together material which is currently scattered and poorly synthesised, and examines high-profile real-world business examples.
Deserves serious attention…[Clark] has done a great service to his readers by immersing himself in the seemingly impenetrable literature of the critical realists, and summarising what he sees as its implications…An invaluable guide to buisness historians. - Michael Rowlinson, Business History