A Sociology o f Organisations ?
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Now those who implicitly advocate a general theory of organisations (at least in programmatic terms) tend to do so on the grounds o f its (ultimate) practical relevance. Further, such a general theory will need to be interdisciplinary. The eclecticism of March’s Handbook of Organisations is but a stage towards a unity o f language, theory and purpose: a harbinger o f a prescriptive discipline o f organisations. The sense of this is well represented in a comment by Parsons:
‘There are many insights which social scientists have developed in this field which can be highly useful to the practical administrator here and now. But the field is one o f immense complexity at the scientific level and is only at the beginning o f its scientific development. An immense amount o f work will be required before we can have anything that deserves to be called a theory o f formal organisation. We have, however, made some very important beginnings. For administrators, the great importance o f social science theory lies in the future when these beginnings will have grown into a mature science.’6