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This book provides a forum for leading scholars in organization theory to engage in meta-theoretical reflection on the historical development, present state and future prospects of organization theory as a scientific discipline. The central question explored is the epistemological status of organization theory as a policy science. This is a meta-theoretical question; the object of analysis and debate in this volume is not a set of organizational phenomena, but organization theory itself. By drawing attention to organization theory as a practical social activity, this book reviews and evaluates important epsitemological developments in the discipline. More specifically, the focus is on issues related to the nature of knowledge claims put forward in organization theory and the controversies surrounding the generation, validation and utilization of such knowledge.

About the Series
Oxford Handbooks in Business & Management bring together the world's leading scholars on the subject to discuss current research and the latest thinking in a range of interrelated topics including Strategy, Organizational Behavior, Public Management, International Business, and many others. Containing completely new essays with extensive referencing to further reading and key ideas, the volumes, in hardback or paperback, serve as both a thorough introduction to a topic and a useful desk reference for scholars and advanced students alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199258321
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/29/2003
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Haridimos Tsoukas is the George D. Mavros Research Professor of Organization and Management at ALBA in Greece, and Professor of Organization Theory and Behaviour at the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business, UK. Previous positions held include Lecturer at Warwick Business School (1990-5), and Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus. Christian Knudsen is a Research Fellow at Copenhagen University and Ã…rhus Business School, Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Visiting Professor at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the need for meta-theoretical reflection in organization theory 1
1 Organization theory as a positive science 39
2 Organization theory as an interpretive science 63
3 Organization theory as a critical science? : forms of analysis and 'new organizational forms' 88
4 Organization theory as a postmodern science 113
5 The origins of organization theory 143
6 The historical and epistemological foundations of organization theory : fusing sociological theory with engineering discourse 183
7 Feminist theory and organization theory : a dialogue on new bases 210
8 The styles and the stylists of organization theory 237
9 Pluralism, scientific progress, and the structure of organization theory 262
10 The agency/structure dilemma in organization theory : open doors and brick walls 289
11 Modes of explanation in organization theory 310
12 Micro and macro perspectives in organization theory : a tale of incommensurability 345
13 Economic versus sociological approaches to organization theory 373
14 Meta-theoretical controversies in studying organizational culture 392
15 Actionable knowledge 423
16 Theory and practice in the real world 453
17 Organization theory and ethics : varieties and dynamics of constrained optimization 476
18 Character and virtue in an era of turbulent capitalism 502
19 The future of organization theory : prospects and limitations 525
20 Managing organization futures in a changing world of power/knowledge 536
21 The future of organization studies : beyond the selection-adaptation debate 568
22 At home from Mars to Somalia : recounting organization studies 596
23 New times, fresh challenges : reflections on the past and the future of organization theory 607
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