- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies, Continuing Entanglements
- Michel Foucault and the Administering of Lives
- Bourdieu and Organizational Theory: A Ghostly Apparition?
- The Making of a Paradigm: Exploring the Potential of the Economy of Convention and Pragmatic Sociology of Critique
- Bruno Latour: An Accidental Organization Theorist
- A Theory of ‘Agencing’: On Michel Callon’s Contribution to Organizational Knowledge and Practice
- Niklas Luhmann as Organization Theorist
- Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies: Contributions and Future Prospects
- Bhaskar and Critical Realism
- The Comparative Analysis of Capitalism and the Study of Organizations
- C. Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power
- Organizational Analysis: Goffman and Dramaturgy
- Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology
- Rational Choice Theory and the Analysis of Organizations
- Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations
- Risk, Social Theories, and Organizations
- Arlie Russell Hochschild: Spacious Sociologies of Emotion
- Discourse and Communication
- The Second Time Farce: Business School Ethicists and the Emergence of Bastard Rawlsianism
- Hayek and Organization Studies
- Social Movement Theory and Organization Studies
- What’s New in the ‘<i>New</i>, New Economic Sociology’ and Should Organization Studies Care?
- Critical Theory and Organization Studies
- British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies: A Distinctive Contribution
- Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory
- Engendering the Organizational: Feminist Theorizing and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies and the Subjects of Imperialism
- Space and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies, Sociology, and the Quest for a Public Organization Theory
- What Makes Organization? Organizational Theory as a ‘Practical Science’
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines the emergence of the economy of conventions/pragmatic sociology and its actual and potential contribution to organization studies. The discussion ranges from the early work of Luc Boltanski on French cadres through the development of economy of conventions as a distinct paradigm, and on to more recent work on the new ‘spirit’ of capitalism and on critique. Both the intellectual roots—e.g. in American pragmatism and classical French social theory—and the intellectual milieu of the approach are discussed. With respect to the latter, the chapter stresses the emergence of this approach out of a reaction against Pierre Bourdieu’s critical sociology. Some comparison is made to other perspectives influential within organization studies—notably neo-institutionalism—and the main lines of criticism are also considered. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the direct influence of the economy of conventions on organization studies via the work of David Stark.
Alan Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Adjunct Professor at UNE (Australia), and Vice President (Humanities and Social Sciences) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). His research areas are political and organizational sociology and social theory. Recent publications include The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology (co-editor, 2012), ‘Capitalism as Culture and Statecraft’, Journal of Classical Sociology 13(3) (2013), and ‘From “New Spirit” to New Steal-Hard Casing? Civil Society Actors, Capitalism and Crisis: The Case of Attac in Europe’ in Paul du Gay and Glenn Morgan (eds) New Spirits of Capitalism? On the Ethics of the Contemporary Capitalist Order (co-author, 2013).
Pier Paolo Pasqualoni is a tenured Senior Lecturer at the University of Innsbruck currently holding the position of a Senior Scientist at the Department of Adult Education and Vocational Training/Institute of Educational Science and Research, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. He is specializing in adult and higher education and carried out research across a wide range of topics, including social movements, mobility, and migration. While regularly leaving Austria to teach at a number of universities abroad (Free University Bolzano, Italy; Ramkhamhaeng University and National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand; National Chung Cheng University; and National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan), he continues to offer courses on communication, conflict transformation, group dynamics, gender, and diversity for professionals.
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