- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Notes on Contributors
- Introduction: A Social Science which Forgets its Founders is Lost
- The Value of the Classics
- Tocqueville as a Pioneer In Organization Theory
- Marx and Organization Studies Today
- It's Not Just for Communists Any More: Marxian Political Economy and Organizational Theory
- Weber: Sintering the Iron Cage Translation, Domination, and Rationality Stewart Clegg
- Max Weber and the Ethics of Office
- On Organizations and Oligarchies: Michels in the Twenty-First Century
- How Durkheim's Theory of Meaning‐making Influenced Organizational Sociology
- A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization
- Gabriel Tarde and Organization Theory
- Georg Simmel: The Individual and the Organization
- Types and Positions: The Significance of Georg Simmel's Structural Theories for Organizational Behavior
- Schumpeter and the Organization of Entrepreneurship
- Norbert Elias's Impact on Organization Studies
- Thorstein Veblen And The Organization of the Capitalist Economy
- The Sociology of Race: The Contributions of W. E. B. Du Bois
- Organizations and the Chicago School
- After James on Identity
- Reading Dewey: Some Implications for the Study of Routine
- Mary Parker Follett and Pragmatist Organization
- Peopling Organizations: The Promise of Classic Symbolic Interactionism for an Inhabited Institutionalism
- John R. Commons: Back to the Future of Organization Studies
- The Problem of the Corporation: Liberalism and the Large Organization
- Bureaucratic Theory and Intellectual Renewal in Contemporary Organization Studies
- The Columbia School and the Study of Bureaucracies: Why Organizations Have Lives of their Own
- Parsons as an Organization Theorist
- Sociological Classics and the Canon in the Study of Organizations
Abstract and Keywords
This article emphasizes how Weber's approach to bureaucracy was first and foremost a cultural theory. In addition, it shows how the very notion of rationality for Weber was multiplex and culturally embedded. Conceptualizing organizational environments as comprised of multiple modes of rationality and forms of domination can lead to an understanding of the ‘iron cage’ as more porous than is traditionally thought, thus opening up new lines of multilevel analysis. This article therefore aims to sinter the iron cage. Sintering is a method to make metal porous, and the porosity allows lubricants to flow through the medium of the metal. The article briefly highlights some of Weber's key works and reviews scholarly developments in organizational theory that have stemmed from his scholarship. It then discusses how some lines of inquiry have been eschewed in favor of others, and how a reengagement with some core foundational ideas can spur new lines of theoretical development.
Stewart Clegg is Research Professor and Director of Centre for Management and Organization Studies Research at the University of Technology, Sydney; Visiting Professor of Organizational Change Management, Maastricht University Faculty of Business; Visiting Professor and International Fellow in Discourse and Management Theory, Centre of Comparative Social Studies, Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam; Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School and EM-Lyon. A prolific publisher in leading academic journals in social science, management, and organization theory, he is also the author and editor of many books.
Michael Lounsbury is a Professor at the University of Alberta, School of Business. His research focuses on the relationship between organizational and institutional change, entrepreneurial dynamics, and the emergence of new industries and practices. He is currently investigating the co‐evolution of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Professor Lounsbury serves on a number of editorial boards and is the series editor of Research in the Sociology of Organizations and co‐editor‐in‐chief of the Journal of Management Inquiry.
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