Middle Range Theory and the Study of Organizations

  • Craig C. Pinder
  • Larry F. Moore

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Toward Middle Range Theory

    1. Larry F. Moore, Gary Johns, Craig C. Pinder
      Pages 1-16
  3. What is Middle Range Theory?

  4. Why and How Does Middle Range Theory Develop?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Randall S. Schuler
      Pages 113-126
    3. Uma Sekaran, Thomas N. Martin, Richard S. Tratton, Richard Osborn
      Pages 127-139
    4. J. Kenneth Benson
      Pages 140-147
    5. Philip Bobko
      Pages 151-154
  5. General Frameworks for Middle Range Theorizing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. John D. Bigelow
      Pages 157-168
    3. Bill McKelvey
      Pages 169-186
    4. Laurie Larwood
      Pages 225-238
    5. Walter Nord
      Pages 239-246
    6. Orlando Behling
      Pages 247-249
    7. Laurie Larwood
      Pages 250-253
  6. Examples of Middle Range Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Mary Elizabeth Beres, Karl F. Price
      Pages 257-272
    3. E. Allen Slusher, Kenneth J. Roering
      Pages 287-303
    4. Daniel C. Feldman
      Pages 315-325
    5. Thomas A. Mahoney
      Pages 326-333
  7. Counterpoints and Alternatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. David Cooper, Frank Wolf
      Pages 339-353
    3. Peter J. Frost, David C. Hayes
      Pages 354-368
    4. David C. Hayes, Peter J. Frost
      Pages 379-381
  8. Contemplative Panel Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 383-383
    2. Leslie L. Roos Jr.
      Pages 385-391
    3. Gerald R. Salancik
      Pages 408-413

About this book


Late one afternoon in the fall of 1976, we were sipping Sanka and speculating on the possible directions towards which research and theory in organizational science might lead. One of us had just re-read Walter Nord's Marxist critique of Human Resource Management, and the discussion evolved into an enumeration of the many articles that had appeared in the recent literature attacking the discipline, its mission, and its methods. In no time the list was long enough to suggest that a number of scholars, both young and established, were dissatisfied with the rate of progress begin made in the accumulation of knowledge about organizations. The critics we identified were located at many different schools, and they were associated with diverse research traditions and biases. The causes they identified as underlying the problems they cited varied, as did the solutions they offered. We decided to pursue these polemics with a view to seeking com­ monalities among them, hoping that if there were any dominant common themes, it might be possible to anticipate the directions the field could take. Our reading and thinking led us to the conclusion that many of the issues being raised by the critics of the discipline could be seen as disagreements over some implicit (or ignored) metaphysical and epistemological assumptions about organizations. We hypothesized that much of the controversy resulted from a lack of consensus regarding what organizations are and how knowledge about them can be developed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Craig C. Pinder
    • 1
  • Larry F. Moore
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of British ColumbiaCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8735-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8733-3
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