Word essay subject PDAS301 People, Organisations and Adminisration

Subject: PDAS301 People, Organisations and Adminisration


Choose any four researchers, each from a different column as presented below, and discuss their contributions to Organisation Theory. (this will be attached in a word doc.)

Notes on the assignment

Assignment 1 is set to give you an opportunity to explore the development of organisation theory throughout the 20th century. References to most of the theorists in the first three columns can be found in the readings provided  especially Mullins (1999) and Gross (1964) (Readings 1.2 and 1.3). (I can provide this for you) However, these will hardly give you enough to analyse their contributions. It is recommended that you obtain resources outside the readings to fully inform yourself of their work. Very good summaries of their contributions or their actual writings can be found in various books listed under Pugh, Hickson and Hinings (1983) and Carver and Sergiovanni (1969) in the Additional References listed in the Unit Information.

There are no readings specific to the fourth column. This was a deliberate omission, leaving you to your own research.

Purpose of the unit

The purpose of this unit is to introduce participants to the study of the structure and administration of organisations and the contributions to the theory of organisations made by selected key theorists, with a view to increasing participants awareness of the structure and functioning of a wide variety of organisations.


Our society is, by any definition, an organisational society. Every aspect of our lives is controlled by or takes place in an organisation specially formed for that purpose. Despite this omnipresence, there remains an ignorance of, even a reluctance to acknowledge, the impact of the organisation on the functioning of modern society. We are inclined to take its presence and its continued well being for granted, only becoming involved in its operation when some dysfunction affects us personally. We fail to realise that, in many cases, the dysfunction that causes us concern is as much our problem as it is the organisations and that we can contribute to its amelioration as readily as can those within the hierarchy of the organisation itself.

This unit investigates the structure and functions of organisations and the role of people in organisational settings so that, with greater understanding, you may contribute actively towards the effectiveness and efficiency of your particular organisation.

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of this unit are to:

introduce participants to the study of organisations  their structure and administration

investigate the evolution of organisational theory throughout the twentieth century

highlight the contributions of selected theorists to the theory and research into organisations

enhance participants own awareness of the functioning of organisations and their role within them

present participants with a foundation for further study into organisations.