This Research Project reviews the contribution of systems theory to organization behaviour and to practical management.
It begins by looking at the origins of systems theory and its subsequent adoption by a large number of disciplines within the social, physical and natural sciences. The second chapter is concerned with establishing the field of study of organization behaviour and management, and with the features required of any potential successor to the existing principles and body of knowledge.
Chapter three traces the development of organization theory through its classical and modern stages and explains the circumstances under which systems theory became so attractive to researchers in the area. In the fourth chapter the concept of the organization as a (social) system is fully elaborated.
Chapter five provides a review of the literature pertaining to systems theory and organizations and indicates the strengths and weaknesses of the union. In the final chapter an evaluation of the systems contribution to organization behaviour and management is undertaken, drawing together the evidence of the previous chapter, together with the criteria for accepting a new theory of organizations as established in chapter two.