Leadership in Administration: A Sociological Interpretation

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Quid Pro Books, May 11, 2011 - Social Science - 162 pages

Foundational study of how institutions work and how leadership promotes them. Often cited in many fields and consistently assigned to classes in a variety of departments -- including sociology and business, and executive training in management and military leadership -- this book is considered to have virtually created the modern field of institutional-leadership management. It is still recognized as a lively and accessible presentation of the institutionalist school's answer to traditional "rationalist" approaches. Selznick's analysis goes beyond efficiency and traditional loyalty: he examines the more nuanced variables of effective leadership of organizations in business, education, government, the military, and labor. 

Quality, authorized ebook format includes linked notes and Contents, and embedded pagination from print editions for continuity of referencing and classroom adoptions across all platforms. Adds a new, substantive introduction by sociologist and law professor Robert E. Rosen.


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Introduction 1
Routine and Critical Decisions 29
The Definition of Mission and Role 65
The Institutional Embodiment of Purpose 90
Conclusion 134

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About the author (2011)

Long renowned as a Professor of Jurisprudence & Social Policy at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley, and former chair of its Department of Sociology, Dr. Philip Selznick authored many influential books including 'TVA and the Grass Roots,' 'Law, Society and Industrial Justice,' and 'The Organizational Weapon.'

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