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Philosophy and Organization Theory
     

Philosophy and Organization Theory

by Haridimos Tsoukas, Robert Chia, Michael Lounsbury
 

ISBN-10: 0857245953

ISBN-13: 9780857245953

Pub. Date: 02/07/2011

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

What is the relationship between philosophy and organization theory (OT)? While at first glance there might appear to be little, a closer look reveals a rich pattern of connections. More than any other type of human inquiry, philosophy helps make us self-aware of critical assumptions we tacitly incorporate in our organizational theorizing; it creates a deeper

Overview

What is the relationship between philosophy and organization theory (OT)? While at first glance there might appear to be little, a closer look reveals a rich pattern of connections. More than any other type of human inquiry, philosophy helps make us self-aware of critical assumptions we tacitly incorporate in our organizational theorizing; it creates a deeper awareness of the "unconscious metaphysics" underpinning our efforts to understand organizations.

There are at least three ways in which philosophical analysis is connected with organizational research: ontological, epistemological, and praxeological. To wonder about what the phenomena we investigate are constituted of, how we may obtain knowledge of them, and how that knowledge is related to action is to begin to think philosophically about OT. Philosophical questions are higher-order questions - meta to OT as a scientific discipline; they are generated from outside the frameworks within which organizational scientists carry out their research practices. When the very frameworks of scientific inquiry, hitherto tacitly accepted for the practice of scientific research to be carried out, become questionable, philosophical reflection enters the scene. Philosophy keeps meaning open in a scientific field.

The chapters in this volume explore connections between several streams in philosophy and OT. As the titles of the chapters suggest, most authors write about a particular philosopher or group of philosophers that make up a distinct school of thought, summarize important aspects of their work, and tease out the implications for OT. The central question authors explore is: "what does a particular philosophy contribute to OT?" Either addressing this question in historical or exploratory terms, or in a combination of both, the end result is similar: particular philosophical issues, properly explained, are discussed in relation to important questions in OT.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857245953
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Series:
Research in the Sociology of Organizations Series , #32
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Advisory Board ix

Introduction: Why Philosophy Matters to Organization Theory Haridimos Tsoukas Robert Chia 1

Analytic Philosophy and Organization Theory: Philosophical Problems and Scientific Solutions Gabriele Lakomshi Colin W. Evers 23

Pragmatism: A Lived and Living Philosophy What Can it Offer to Contemporary Organization Theory? Bente Elkjaer Barbara Simpson 55

Macintyre, Neo-Aristotelianism and Organization Theory Ron Beadle Geoff Moore 85

Marxist Philosophy and Organization Studies: Marxist Contributions to the Understanding of Some Important Organizational Forms Paul S. Adler 123

Beyond Universalism and Relativism: Habermas's Contribution to Discourse Ethics and its Implications for Intercultural Ethics and Organization Theory Andreas Georg Scherer Moritz Patzer 155

Hermeneutic Philosophy and Organizational Theory Frank J. Barrett Edward H. Powley Barnett Pearce 181

Phenomenology and Organization Theory Robin Holt Jörgen Sandberg 215

Organizing Derrida Organizing: Deconstruction and Organization Theory Andreas Rasche 251

Thinking Becoming and Emergence: Process Philosophy and Organization Studies Ajit Nayak Robert Chia 281

Theory as Therapy: Wittgensteinian Reminders for Reflective Theorizing in Organization and Management Theory John Shotter Haridimos Tsoukas 311

Triangulating Philosophies of Science to Understand Complex Organizational and Managerial Problems John Bechara Andrew H. Van de Ven 343

Richard Rorty, Women, and the New Pragmatism Barbara Czarniawska 365

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