Two major areas of organizational theory are considered in this thesis. The first is
concerned with the development of a configuration based approach. This develops
contingency theory by taking a more holistic view, . looking for patterns amongst
many different aspects of organizations, rather than reducing organizations to simple
bivariate relationships. Previously, this had only been used at a macro organizational
level. This research extended the configurational approach and identified microconfigurations
of departments or work units within organizations. The benefit of
doing this is that it allows a far more detailed picture of organizations to be obtained.
Variables were selected for inclusion in the micro-configurations on the basis of a
detailed survey of the contingency field. Thus, the approach was used to synthesise
much of the existing contingency research in organizational theory. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Science and Engineering Research Council, ACME Directorate.