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The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory

Haridimos Tsoukas og Christian Knudsen

Oxford University Press 2003 664 s. ISBN 0-19-925832-5
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This handbook provides a forum for leading researchers in organization theory to reflect on their own discipline: how it has developed and why; what sorts of knowledge claims it regards as aceptable and why; and where it may be, or should be, going. Focussing on organization theory, the aim of this volume is to hold up for examination its key assumptions and knowledge claims, the chief explanatory strategies used, its relationship with the real world, and the future of organization theory. The book is divided into five sections under the following headings: Organization Theory as Science; The Construction of Organization Theory; Meta-theoretical Controversies in Organization Theory; Organization Theory as a Policy Science; and The Future of Organization Theory.

Readership: Academics, researchers, and postgraduate students in management studies, organization theory (organizational analysis, strategy, systems, etc.), and sociology; Managers and consultants wishing to follow cutting-edge debate.


Haridimos Tsoukas and Christian Knudsen: Introduction: The Need for Meta-theoretical Reflection in Organization Theory

Part I: Organization Theory as Science

1 Lex Donaldson: Organizational Theory as a Positive Science

2 Mary Jo Hatch and Dvora Yanow: Organization Theory as an Interpretive Science

3 Hugh Willmott: Organization Theory as a Critical Science: Forms of analysis and 'new organizational' forms

4 Robert Chia: Organization Theory as a Postmodern Science

Part II: The Construction of Organization Theory

5 William H. Starbuck: The Origins of Organization Theory

6 Yehouda Shenhav: The Historical and Epistemological Foundations of Organization Theory: Fusing sociological theory with engineering discourse

7 Silvia Gherardi: Feminist Theory and Organization Theory: A dialogue on new bases

8 Barbara Czarniawska: The Styles and the Stylists of Organization Theory

9 Christian Knudsen: Pluralism, Scientific Progress, and the Structure of Organization Theory

Part III: Meta-theoretical Controversies in Organization Theory

10 Michael Reed: The Agency/Structure Dilemma in Organization Theory: Open doors and brick walls

11 Andreas Georg Scherer: Modes of Explanation in Organization Theory

12 William McKinley and Mark A. Mone: Micro and Macro Perspectives in Organization Theory: A tale of incommensurability

13 Richard Swedberg: Economic Versus Sociological Approaches to Organization Theory

14 Joanne Martin: Meta-theoretical Controversies in Studying Organizational Culture

Part IV: Organization Theory as a Policy Science

15 Chris Argyris: Actionable Knowledge

16 Karl E. Weick: Theory and Practice in the Real World

17 Richard P. Nielsen: Organization Theory and Ethics: Varieties and dynamics of constrained optimization

18 Iain Mangham: Character and Virtue in an Era of Turbulent Capitalism

Part V: The Future of Organization Theory

19 Gibson Burrell: The Future of Organization Theory: Prospects and limitations

20 Stewart Clegg: Managing Organization Futures in a Changing World of Power/Knowledge

21 Arie Y. Lewin: The Future of Organization Theory: Beyond the selection-adaptation debate

22 Marta B. Calas: At Home from Mars to Somalia: Recounting organization theory

23 Haridimos Tsoukas: New Times, Fresh Challenges: Reflections on the past and the future of organization theory