- 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 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.
Paul du Gay is Globaliserings Professor in the Department of Organization (IOA) at Copenhagen Business School, and Academic Director of the CBS Business in Society Public–Private Platform. New Spirits of Capitalism? Crises, Justifications and Dynamics (ed. with Glenn Morgan) was recently published by OUP. He is currently working on a book for Routledge, For State Service: Office as a Vocation, and for OUP (with Signe Vikkelsø) Re-Discovering Organization: the past in the future of Organization Theory. At CBS he co-directs the Velux Foundation research programme ‘What Makes Organization? Resuscitating Organizational Theory/Re-Vitalising Organizational Life’ with Signe Vikkelsø.
Signe Vikkelsø is Professor (MSO) in the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School and co-director of the Velux Foundation research programme, ‘What Makes Organization? Resuscitating Organizational Theory/Re-Vitalising Organizational Life’ with Paul du Gay. She has published two books in Danish, Electronic Patient Records and Medical Practice (2003) and Daily Work and Organizing in Healthcare (2004) (titles translated from Danish), and several international articles focusing upon organization and change processes in health care, organizational tools, and interventions methods, and the history of organization theory. She recently edited (with Peter Kjær) a comprehensive handbook, Classic and Modern Organization Theory (title translated from Danish) for the Danish publishing house Hans Reitzels Forlag.
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