This seminar provides an opportunity to read extensively in the wide
ranging, ill defined literature devoted to the study of complex
organizations with an emphasis on its use in the study of public
organization and governmental institutions. We probe the opportunities and
limits of organization and/or administrative theories in addressing a range
of issues concerning bureaucratic dynamics. We attend initially to
historically pivotal work -- Max Weber, Chester Barnard, and Herbert Simon -
then to recent formulations and analytical issues from a number of
approaches. Core concepts and central questions provide an organizing
framework for the study of public organization in a turbulent democratic
society. These readings provide a basis for advanced work in the public
organization field. The seminar is designed for doctoral students in the
social sciences and professional programs. The process includes small
reading groups, a substantial paper, and an integrative final essay. In
addition to several books, a seminar reader is required.
Check with instructor for a more details.
Prerequisites: Work in organization studies, the social science concepts, or
permission of the instructor.