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Actors and Institutions  

Gregory Jackson

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Apr 2010
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May 2010
A distinguishing feature of comparative institutional analysis is the emphasis on understanding actors and actor constellations. Institutional analysis is concerned with processes of ... More

The Agency/Structure Dilemma in Organization Theory: Open Doors and Brick Walls  

Michael Reed

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Mar 2005
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Sep 2009
This article reviews and assesses the various ways in which the agency/structure dilemma has been dealt with in organization theory. It identifies three major ‘moves’ for attempting to ... More

Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory  

Alistair Mutch

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
Anthony Giddens is one of the most widely cited social theorists in organization studies, but the focus in this chapter is on only a small part of his voluminous output. It considers the ... More

Arlie Russell Hochschild: Spacious Sociologies of Emotion  

Stephen Smith

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
This chapter reviews the contribution of Hochschild to organization studies. Hochschild’s analysis of emotional work and emotional labour has opened up new directions in the analysis of ... More

Beyond Comparative Statics: Historical Institutional Approaches to Stability and Change In the Political Economy of Labor  

Kathleen Thelen

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Apr 2010
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May 2010
This article considers the challenges confronting students of political economy in the contemporary period, which can be characterized as the task of moving from the analysis of ... More

Bhaskar and Critical Realism  

Steve Fleetwood

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
The first part of this chapter shows how critical realism moved from the work of philosopher Roy Bhaskar, to sociology, and social theory and from there to organization studies. While ... More

Boards and Governance: 25 Years of Qualitative Research with Directors of FTSE Companies  

Annie Pye

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Mar 2013
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Jul 2013
This chapter presents some perceptions from the development of board processes in large companies over the last 25 years. It studies a series of three ESRC-funded studies about the people ... More

Bourdieu and Organizational Theory: A Ghostly Apparition?  

Barbara Townley

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
This chapter argues that although little cited in organization studies, Bourdieu’s central concepts have underpinned many areas of interest in the organizational arena. After a brief ... More

British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies: A Distinctive Contribution  

Stephen Ackroyd

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
This chapter considers the development of industrial sociology in Britain since the Second World War and its contribution to the study of organizations. It is suggested that there have ... More

Bruno Latour: An Accidental Organization Theorist  

Barbara Czarniawska

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
This chapter explores the work of Bruno Latour and its impact on organization theory. Latour’s research is truly transdisciplinary. He combines philosophy, sociology, anthropology, ... More

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