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date: 10 August 2020

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In his lifetime, Gabriel Tarde (1843–1904) was a competitor of Émile Durkheim and, judging from many contemporary accounts, a victorious one. Although his works were translated into many languages and were well-known in social psychology and the sociology of law, they were forgotten by the early 1970s. At present, there is a strong renewed interest in Tarde's work, to the point of some critics talking of a ‘Tardomania’. This wave has not yet reached organization studies; however, this article claims that it should. In the text, it first offers differing interpretations of Tarde's work that might explain the changing fate of his reputation. This article scrutinizes several Tardean concepts, illustrating their potential relevance for understanding organizations.

Keywords: Gabriel Tarde, organization theory, organization studies, Émile Durkheim, sociology of law, social psychology

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