- 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
Interactionists have long focused on what goes on within organizations—thus their scholarly importance as researchers of work. However, they have avoided conceptualizing organizations as such until quite recently. Their primary concerns are the relationships among individuals and how people create meanings and social relations. Structures and institutions, while never denied, receive secondary attention. Interactionists have made their most significant advances studying interpersonal realms, not in their investigations of ‘institutions’ or ‘society’. This article argues that the value of the interactionist approach for organizational research exists in its emphasis on how interaction and meaning provide a foundation for thinking about the constitutive role of people in organizations. The ‘peopled’ perspective of symbolic interaction stands in stark contrast to the ‘un-peopled’ view that has often characterized organizational sociology.
Tim Hallett is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Sociology in 2003. His research lies at the intersections of social psychology, organizations, and culture. In addition to his research on inhabited institutionalism (with Marc Ventresca, Theory and Society, 2007), he has published articles on symbolic power and organizational culture (Social Psychology Quarterly, 2007 and Sociological Theory, 2003), and how emotions ‘blow up’ in organizations (The Sociological Quarterly, 2003). His current work integrates these concerns by examining how the process of ‘recoupling’ organizations to their institutional environments creates local turmoil.
David Shulman is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Lafayette College. He received his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in Sociology in 1997. He has published articles on deception, dramaturgy, and symbolic interactionism. He recently published a book analyzing impression management and lying at work entitled From Hire to Liar: The Role of Deception in the Workplace (Cornell University Press, 2007).
Gary Alan Fine is John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in Social Psychology in 1976. He has written on issues of symbolic interaction for over thirty years, including editing a four‐volume collection of articles commenting on the work of Erving Goffman and ‘The Second Chicago School’. He received the George Herbert Mead Award for lifetime contributions to symbolic interaction.
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