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Title: Developing configurations of work units: the implications for differentiation and integration
Authors: Duberley, Joanne P.
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: © J.P. Duberley
Abstract: 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.]
Description: A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Sponsor: Science and Engineering Research Council, ACME Directorate.
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27842
Appears in Collections:PhD Theses (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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