The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents

The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents


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Sociology and social theory has always been a major source of new perspectives for organization studies. Access to a series of authoritative accounts of theorists and research themes in sociology and social theory which have influenced developments in organization studies is essential for those wishing to deepen and extend their knowledge of the intersection of sociology and organization studies. This goal is achieved by drawing on a group of internationally renowned scholars committed in their own work to strengthening these links and asking them to provide critical accounts of particular theorists and research themes which have straddled this divide.

This volume aims to strengthen ties between organization studies and contemporary sociological work at a time when there are increasing institutional barriers to such cooperation, potentially generating a myopia that constricts new developments. Used in conjunction with its companion volume, The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations, the reader is provided with a comprehensive account of the productive and critical interaction between sociology and organization studies over many decades.

Highly international in scope, theorists and themes are drawn from both the USA and Europe in equal measure. Similarly the authors of the chapters are drawn from both sides of the Atlantic. The result is a series of chapters on individuals and key research themes and debates which will provide faculty and post graduate researchers with appreciative, authoritative and critical accounts that can be drawn on to design courses or provided guided reading to the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198785583
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2016
Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages: 816
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Paul S. Adler is Professor of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, where he holds the Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy. Prof. Adler received his doctorate in Economics and Management there while working as a Research Economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University, the Harvard Business School, and Stanford's School of Engineering. At the Academy of Management, he has served as chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division and of the Critical Management Studies Interest Group, as a representative-at-large on the Board of Governors, and he currently serves as the Academy's Vice-President and program chair.

Paul du Gay is Professor of Organization Studies in the Department of Organization (IOA) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). His work is located in the sociology of organizational life and cultural studies. His publications include Consumption and Identity at Work, In Praise of Bureaucracy, and Organizing Identity. At CBS, he directs the Velux research programme, What Makes Organization?, and co-directs the Business in Society Public-Private Platform.

Glenn Morgan is Professor of International Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. His research focuses on different forms of capitalism, the impact of globalization and neo-liberalism, and the changing nature of firms and organizations. From 2005-2008, he was Editor in Chief of the journal Organization: The Critical Journal of Theory, Organization and Society. Recent edited books include Capitalism and Capitalisms in the Twenty-First Century (OUP 2012; edited with R. Whitley) and The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis (OUP 2010; edited with J.L. Campbell, C. Crouch, O.K. Pedersen and R. Whitley).

Professor Michael Reed is Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies, continuing entanglements, Paul Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan, and Mike Reed
European Influences: French and German Sociology and Social Theory
2. Michel Foucault and the Administering of Lives, Andrea Mennicken and Peter Miller
3. Bourdieu and organizational theory: A ghostly apparition?, Barbara Townley
4. The Making of a Paradigm: Exploring the Potential of the Economy of Convention and Pragmatic Sociology of Critique, Alan Scott and Pier Paolo Pasqualino
5. Bruno Latour: An Accidental Organization Theorist, Barbara Czarniawska
6. A Theory of 'Agencing': on Michel Callon's Contribution to Organizational Knowledge and Practice, Franck Cochoy
7. Niklas Luhmann as Organization Theorist, David Seidl and Hannah Mormann
8. Jurgen Habermas and Organization Studies - Contributions and Future Prospects, Andreas Rasche and Andreas Georg Scherer
9. Bhaskar and Critical Realism, Steve Fleetwood
10. The Comparative Analysis of Capitalism and the Study of Organizations, Glenn Morgan and Peer Hull Kristensen
Anglo-American Influences: American and British Sociology and Social Theory
11. C. Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power, Edward Barratt
12. Organizational Analysis: Goffman and Dramaturgy, Peter K. Manning
13. Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology, Nick Llewellyn
14. Rational Choice Theory and the Analysis of Organizations, Peter Abell
15. Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations, Mitchel Y. Abolafia, Jennifer E. Dodge, and Stephen K. Jackson
16. Risk, Social Theories and Organizations, Michael Power
17. Arlie Hochschild, Emotion And Affect, Stephen Smith
18. Discourse and Communication, Timothy R. Kuhn and Linda L. Putnam
19. The Second Time Farce: Business School Ethicists and the Emergence of Bastard Rawlsianism, Richard Marens
20. Hayek and Organizational Studies, Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein
21. Social Movement Theory and Organization Studies, Klaus Weber and Brayden King
22. What's new in the 'new, new economic sociology' and should Organization Studies care?, Liz McFall and Jose Ossandon
23. Critical Theory and Organization Studies, Edward Granter
24. British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies: A Distinctive Contribution, Stephen Ackroyd
25. Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory, Alistair Mutch
26. Engendering the Organizational: Feminist Theorizing and Organization Studies, Marta B. Calas and Linda Smircich
27. Organizational Studies and the Subjects of Imperialism, Raza Mir and Ali Mir
28. Space and Organization Studies, Gibson Burrell and Karen Dale
Organizing Social Worlds: Sociology, Organization Studies and the 'social'
29. Organization Studies, Sociology and the Quest for a Public Organization Theory, Andre Spicer
30. What Makes Organization? Organizational Theory as a 'Practical Science', Paul du Gay and Signe Vikkelso

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