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date: 13 August 2020

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Émile Durkheim's Division of Labor has palpably influenced students of organizations, occupations, and stratification. Durkheim's influence has been documented by exploring his contribution to our understanding of the global division of labor. This article examines the influence of Durkheim's theory of meaning on organizational sociology, which has taken a cultural turn since the late 1970s with the rise of the new institutional theory and organizational culture theory. As the founder of the cultural approach in sociology, Durkheim might well have won credit for the cultural turn in organizational analysis. But while he is frequently cited for his influence on symbolic interactionists, Durkheim is rarely cited by social constructionists who study organizations.

Keywords: Émile Durkheim, organization studies, division of labor, organizational sociology, institutional theory, organizational culture

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