1. What Type of Organization are Mafias?; 2. Organizational Architecture; 3. Organizational Orders; 4. Organizational Orders and the Use of Violence; 5. Mafia Rules; 6. Mafia Organizational Dilemmas;
Maurizio Catino is Professor of Sociology of Organizations at the University of Milan - Bicocca, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology at New York University. His writing has been published in Organization Studies, European Journal of Sociology, Scandinavian Journal of Management, and Cognition Technology and Work, amongst others. His most recent book is Organizational Myopia (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
MAFIA ORGANIZATIONS provides a deep analysis of these crime groups throughout Italy and around the world, capturing the essential fact that they are organizations, coping with the same problems with which all organizations must cope, but under extraordinary circumstances that make them unique, and uniquely interesting. Leveraging comparisons for analytic insight, Professor Catino has written what is not only the best book by a social scientist on organized crime, but a study that will fascinate and inform students of organizational behavior and social organization as well. Paul DiMaggio, Professor of Sociology, NYU.
Mafias are complex organizations that face many of the same managerial challenges as legitimate enterprises. Maurizio Catino is well qualified to bring insights from the vast organizational theory literature to understand how Mafias deal with these challenges. While drawing heavily on the many lengthy confessions of members of mafias in Sicily and Southern Italy, a strength of the book is its coverage of mafias in the United States, China and Japan. This is an important addition to the already rich literature on Mafias. Peter Reuter, Professor, University of Maryland