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date: 20 February 2020

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This chapter is framed by the following propositions: that organization studies, viewed as a practical science of organizing, has at its disposal a number of tools that it has largely shaped itself in relationship to its own core object—organization; that for various reasons, these tools are now treated as predominantly historic artefacts; that this assumption is primarily based on a set of theoretical commitments which have the effect of dissolving or disappearing organization studies’ core object; and that a suitably contextualized re-engagement with and reappropriation of the resources of ‘classical organization theory’ may well serve to enhance the relevance of contemporary organization studies both intellectually and practically. Such propositions are not only relevant for a revival of organization studies as a practical discipline focused upon the effective, efficient, and responsible management of organizations, but also for the conceptual universes of contemporary sociology and social theory.

Keywords: organization studies, practical science, historic artefacts, classical organization theory, contemporary organization theory

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