- 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
Discourse and communication have become central concepts in organization studies. This chapter begins by clarifying what scholars mean when they use discourse and communication, by considering interrelationships between the concepts, and by representing critical realist critiques of this literature. It then presents two streams of theory that depict discourse and communication as not merely processes occurring within organizations, but rather as constitutive of organizations. In so doing, it shows how pursuing a constitutive claim enables distinct visions for what ‘the’ organization is taken to be, the relationships between micro and macro phenomena, and the role of agency in organizing. The chapter concludes by suggesting that conceptions of sociomateriality and (dis)organization in organization theory would benefit from an engagement with a richly constitutive conception of discourse and communication.
Timothy R. Kuhn is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder and Visiting Fellow in the School of Economics and Management at Lund University (Sweden). His research examines how knowledge, identities, objects, and ethics are constituted in the communicative process of organizing.
Linda L. Putnam is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include negotiation and organizational conflict, discourse analysis in organizations, and communication constitutes organization. She is the author of over 150 articles and book chapters and the co-editor of ten books, including The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication (3rd edition, in press).
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