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By S. Wojciech Sokolowski

Targeting service-providing companies confirmed through future health and human carrier execs in post-Communist Poland, this ebook provides a brand new measurement to the sociological learn of voluntary agencies. the writer investigates the explanations and pursuits of the folks who determine those organisations and the connections between organizational varieties, the social enterprises of creation, and the occupational pursuits provider services.

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Instead, it is conceived as a “gauge” or “ideal type” that can guide future investigations of similar phenomena under different geographical, cultural, and political settings. The central research question pursued in this book pertains to the reasons or motives that prompted some Polish professionals to create social proximity organizations after the 1989 dissolution of the central planning system. As I will show, those reasons are to a great extent a product of the social–political conditions that existed in Poland, and to some extent in other Eastern European nations, under the central planning regime.

In analyzing individuals and their behavior, the researcher typically focuses on phenomena that can be attributed to individual human beings, such as their beliefs, interests, or motivation. In contrast, the attributes of interest in studying social groups may involve the number of individuals in the group, rules defining group membership, the roles and the conduct of members, and the processes of group formation or dissolution. , exchange of goods, services, information, or favors; power; giving and following of orders; conflict; collaboration; or competition).

This part of the investigation may depend heavily on the interpretation of qualitative (indepth interview) material, but it nonetheless follows the canons of inductive logic, especially the Mill’s method of agreement and difference. 9 Chapter 8 summarizes the results of the investigation and discusses its implications for the organizational theory and social policy. This investigation is not limited to an explanation of a rather narrow empirical phenomenon— the motives of professional’s recourse to the social proximity organizational form.

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