Institutional Culture of
and a Vision
Historical Core and Inherent Identity Contributions from Scientific Foundations Contributions from Multidisciplinary Origins Contributions from Historical Development Contributions from the Theories Themselves Strength of Organizational Behavior's Identity Vision for the Future Developing Mechanisms for Professional Opportunities Perpetuating Growth Conclusions
This ends the presentation of theories—both first- and second-generation—amounting to a total of 70 or perhaps more, depending on where one sets the boundaries, and including both main and subsidiary versions; the theorists themselves number 85. In this part, and its single chapter, I return to the subject matter of Part I, but not from a historical perspective; rather this chapter represents an attempt to extend the time horizon out into the future and thus complete the contextual package. In doing this I hope to provide a more comprehensive picture of the framework within which organizational behavior's theorizing occurs.
The scientific foundations and historical origins of organizational behavior have been of concern to a number of authors. To provide a general overview of what others have written on this score, extending back over several decades, I include here a brief discussion of the writings on this subject.
Larry Greiner (1979) provided a chapter for an edited volume, which deals primarily with the intellectual history of the field, often from an organization development perspective. There is some discussion of the short-term future of the field.
Wendell French (1982) wrote a short article, adapted from his book on organization development, that presents the history of the latter field but in the process extends well beyond organization development into much of organizational behavior
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Publication information: Book title: Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Theories, and Analyses. Contributors: John B. Miner - Author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 821.
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