- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies, Continuing Entanglements
- Michel Foucault and the Administering of Lives
- Bourdieu and Organizational Theory: A Ghostly Apparition?
- The Making of a Paradigm: Exploring the Potential of the Economy of Convention and Pragmatic Sociology of Critique
- Bruno Latour: An Accidental Organization Theorist
- A Theory of ‘Agencing’: On Michel Callon’s Contribution to Organizational Knowledge and Practice
- Niklas Luhmann as Organization Theorist
- Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies: Contributions and Future Prospects
- Bhaskar and Critical Realism
- The Comparative Analysis of Capitalism and the Study of Organizations
- C. Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power
- Organizational Analysis: Goffman and Dramaturgy
- Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology
- Rational Choice Theory and the Analysis of Organizations
- Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations
- Risk, Social Theories, and Organizations
- Arlie Russell Hochschild: Spacious Sociologies of Emotion
- Discourse and Communication
- The Second Time Farce: Business School Ethicists and the Emergence of Bastard Rawlsianism
- Hayek and Organization Studies
- Social Movement Theory and Organization Studies
- What’s New in the ‘<i>New</i>, New Economic Sociology’ and Should Organization Studies Care?
- Critical Theory and Organization Studies
- British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies: A Distinctive Contribution
- Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory
- Engendering the Organizational: Feminist Theorizing and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies and the Subjects of Imperialism
- Space and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies, Sociology, and the Quest for a Public Organization Theory
- What Makes Organization? Organizational Theory as a ‘Practical Science’
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter attempts to explain why the work of Michel Callon, a leader in science and technology studies and economic sociology, has attracted considerable attention in organization theory and management science. It shows that the remoteness between Callon’s research interests and organization theory is apparent only, since Callon’s initial focus on science was aimed at unveiling original insights about organizational processes. Moreover, Callon’s (et al.) ‘actor-network theory’ helps us to consider organization not as a static institutional frame, but rather as a dynamic movement which goes beyond organizational boundaries. These two contributions ended up in the formulation of a theory of ‘agencing’. ‘Agencing’ (a neologism based on the French ‘agencer’) means both ‘organizing’ and ‘giving agency’; it thus designates a process by which various entities are connected, coordinated, and put in motion.
Franck Cochoy is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès and member of the CERTOP-CNRS, France. His past and present research is focused on the different mediations that frame the relation between supply and demand. His most recent articles in English appeared in Theory, Culture and Society, Marketing Theory, the Journal of Cultural Economy, and Organization. He has written several books among which is On Curiosity: The Art of Market Seduction (Mattering press, forthcoming).
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