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date: 10 August 2020

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This article focuses on the work of three scholars, Robert K. Merton and his students Alvin W. Gouldner and Peter M. Blau, who were part of Columbia University's sociology department, Merton as professor, Gouldner and Blau as students. Together with Philip Selznick, Seymour Martin Lipset, James Coleman, and Martin Trow, these scholars were the core of the Columbia School of organizational sociology. Along with sociologists and political scientists scattered across America and Europe who studied public administration, and sociology and business professors at Harvard who studied industrial organization, these Columbia sociologists pioneered the sociological study of organizations.

Keywords: bureaucracy studies, Columbia School, organizational sociology, Robert K. Merton, industrial organization, public administration

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