An understanding of the nature and forms of organisation, particularly with reference to industrial societies, is a key area in sociological analysis. This book discusses and explains what concepts to employ and what analytical procedures to adopt as well as conveying a sense of the theoretical and empirical diversity involved in the study of organisations.

Among the questions explored are:

  • why do we classify organisations in particular ways and for what purpose?
  • how can on explore the relationships pertaining to an organisation and its environment?
  • what issues are raised by the existence of many varied and often competing organisations in industrial societies?

part I|9 pages


chapter 1|9 pages

A Sociology of Organisations?

part II|36 pages

Organisations Concepts and Classifications

chapter 2|16 pages

Defining and Labelling Organisations

chapter 3|20 pages

Types of Organisations

part III|68 pages

Organisations: Missions and Cultures

chapter 4|29 pages

Organisations and Their Missions

chapter 5|39 pages

Organisational Cultures

part IV|64 pages

The Organisational Phenomenon

part V|16 pages