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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

C. Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power  

Edward Barratt

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
This chapter reviews C. Wright Mills’s analysis of power and the elites of his era in his three major texts of the 1940s and 1950s. It considers elements of his project that often attract ... More

A Capital-Based Approach to the Firm: Reflections on the Nature and Scope of the Concept of Capital and its Extension to Intangibles  

Peter Lewin

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
This article investigates the nature of human capital (HC) through its relationship to the concept of capital more broadly. It shows that a ‘proper’ understanding of capital suggests that ... More

Challenges and Opportunities: Contextual Approaches to Diversity Research and Practice  

Janet Porter and Rosalie Hilde

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Nov 2015
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Jan 2016
For years, diversity scholars have been calling for more empirical studies that specifically show how linguistic and non-linguistic practices produce asymmetrical differences between and ... More

Challenging Hierarchy  

John Child

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Jan 2011
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Sep 2009
This article first notes the centrality of hierarchy in organizations and asks why it is so persistent and taken for granted. It then briefly considers its organizational and psychological ... More

Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations  

Mitchel Y. Abolafia, Jennifer E. Dodge, and Stephen K. Jackson

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
When social theory was largely focused on social structure and sociology was in search of objective measures, Clifford Geertz argued for an interpretive social science in search of ... More

Communication  

Stanley Deetz and John G. McClellan

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Jan 2011
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Sep 2009
Depending on how one looks at it, communication is a remarkably simple or a perplexingly complex issue in organization and management studies. Communication, for instance, is frequently ... More

The Comparative Analysis of Capitalism and the Study of Organizations  

Glenn Morgan and Peer Hull Kristensen

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
This chapter examines the impact of research on different forms of capitalism on the field of organization studies. It draws initially on Polanyi’s concept of the ‘double movement’ to ... More

Comparative International Business Research Methods: Pitfalls and Practicalities  

Simon C. Collinson and Andrew M. Pettigrew

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Jan 2009
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Sep 2009
The comparative method lies at the heart of social science research. In the field of international business it is national and regional diversity, the differences between places that ... More

Contextualizing Men, Masculinities, Leadership, and Management: Gender/Intersectionalities, Local/Transnational, Embodied/Virtual, Theory/Practice  

Jeff Hearn

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Mar 2014
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Dec 2013
This article focuses mainly on men, masculinities, and leadership, though connections with management are also considered. This emphasis is partly because there has been more critical ... More

Critical Approaches to Organizational Change  

Glenn Morgan and André Spicer

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Jan 2011
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Sep 2009
This article examines critical approaches to change, beginning by briefly reviewing existing approaches. It then argues that a critical approach to change is distinctive because it is ... More

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