- List of Contributors
- Introduction: The Need for Meta-theoretical Reflection in Organization Theory
- Organization Theory as a Positive Science
- Organization Theory as an Interpretive Science
- Organization Theory as a Critical Science? Forms of Analysis and ‘New Organizational Forms’
- Organization Theory as a Postmodern Science
- The Origins of Organization Theory
- The Historical and Epistemological Foundations of Organization Theory: Fusing Sociological Theory with Engineering Discourse
- Feminist Theory and Organization Theory: A Dialogue on New Bases
- The Styles and the Stylists of Organization Theory
- Pluralism, Scientific Progress, and the Structure of Organization Theory
- The Agency/Structure Dilemma in Organization Theory: Open Doors and Brick Walls
- Modes of Explanation in Organization Theory
- Micro and Macro Perspectives in Organization Theory: A Tale of Incommensurability
- Economic versus Sociological Approaches to Organization Theory
- Meta-theoretical Controversies in Studying Organizational Culture
- Actionable Knowledge
- Theory and Practice in the Real World
- Organization Theory and Ethics: Varieties and Dynamics of Constrained Optimization
- Character and Virtue in an Era of Turbulent Capitalism
- The Future of Organization Theory: Prospects and Limitations
- Managing Organization Futures in a Changing World of Power/Knowledge
- The Future of Organization Studies: Beyond the Selection–Adaptation Debate
- At Home from Mars to Somalia: Recounting Organization Studies
- New Times, Fresh Challenges: Reflections on the Past and the Future of Organization Theory
Abstract and Keywords
Gender has to do not only with bodies, and power, but also with the politics of knowledge, and therefore with organizations as containers of different bodies and sexualities, as arenas of power/knowledge, and with organization theory as a system of knowledge representation. The contention that the ‘organizational theory’ (OT) is male gendered is too well known to reiterate. This article starts from the premiss that neither feminist theory (FT) nor OT is a homogeneous and unitary body of knowledge. It illustrates the multiple points of view expressed by those involved in this conversation. This article briefly surveys the main theories in gender studies, showing how they represent the relation between gender and organization and contributes to the analysis of organizations and organizational processes. It concludes with a reflection on the politics of knowledge in FT and OT and the — ironic, nomadic, eccentric — knowing subjects.
Silvia Gherardi is Full Professor of Sociology of Work and Organization at the University of Trento, Italy, where she is responsible for the Research Unit on Communication, Organizational Learning, and Aesthetics (RUCOLA). Her research activities focus on practice-based studies and her theoretical background is in qualitative sociology, organizational symbolism, and feminist studies.
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