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Ch 1: Introduction to Organizational Theory

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This short chapter offers a fun and engaging introduction to organizational theory. Explore entertaining lessons and take multiple-choice quizzes to boost your knowledge as you aim to understand an assignment, improve your grades or excel on a test.

Introduction to Organizational Theory - Chapter Summary

Ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of organizational theory with this chapter's informative lessons. Our instructors closely examine the organizational life cycle, organizational success, the organizational environment and more. Check your knowledge of these concepts by taking multiple-choice quizzes and a practice exam. If you have questions on organizational theory, feel free to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be ready to do the following:

  • List and describe different types of organizations
  • Define and discuss the theory of an organization environment
  • Exhibit knowledge of the organizational life cycle
  • Describe interpretive, traditional and critical perspectives on organizations
  • Provide facts about social science approaches to people in organizations
  • Share factors that can impact organizational success
  • Explain how organizations affect society and community

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Organizational Theory
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Different Types of Organizations: Blau-Scott & Etzioni Typologies

1. Different Types of Organizations: Blau-Scott & Etzioni Typologies

It could be said that there are as many classifications of organizations as there are actual organizations. In this lesson, we'll describe organizational classifications based on two typologies: Blau-Scott and Etzioni.

What is an Organizational Environment? - Definition & Theory

2. What is an Organizational Environment? - Definition & Theory

An organizational environment is composed of forces or institutions surrounding an organization that affect performance, operations, and resources. Learn more about the definition, importance, and process of organizational environments in this lesson.

The Organizational Life Cycle

3. The Organizational Life Cycle

In this lesson, you will learn about the four stages of the organizational life cycle and how organizations change as they pass through these sequential stages.

Traditional, Interpretive & Critical Perspectives on Organizations

4. Traditional, Interpretive & Critical Perspectives on Organizations

In this lesson, we'll cover three key perspectives of organizations and how they influence the organizational structure, its culture, and communication.

Social Science Approaches to People in Organizations

5. Social Science Approaches to People in Organizations

Social science research looks at the way people work in organizations. In this lesson, we'll examine the various approaches to studying human behavior and focus on the four major debates in the field.

Organizational Success: Factors & Definition

6. Organizational Success: Factors & Definition

To be successful, an organization must have a statement, a philosophy, and a series of programs and goals that focuses on the skills and talents of its employees. All of this must be managed with care and guidance so that the organization's mission is successfully accomplished.

Impact of Organizations on Society & Community

7. Impact of Organizations on Society & Community

Organizations can have a significant impact on the communities and societies within which they operate. In this lesson, we'll look at the types of impact organizations can have, focusing on social stratification and public policy.

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