Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory Meta-Theoretical Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0199275254

ISBN-13: 9780199275250

Edition: 2003

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Description: This book provides a forum for leading scholars in organization theory to engage in meta-theoretical reflection on the historical development, present state, and future prospects of organization theory as a scientific discipline. The central question explored is the epistemological status of organization theory as a policy science. This is a meta-theoretical question; the object of analysis and debate in this volume is not a set of organizational phenomena, but organization theoryitself. By drawing attention to organization theory as a practical social activity, this handbook reviews and evaluates important epistemological developments in the discipline. More specifically, the focus is on issues related to the nature of knowledge claims put forward in organization theory and the controversies surrounding the generation, validation, and utilization of such knowledge.Five sets of questions are raised in the handbook, each one of which is dealt with in a separate section: 1) What does a science of organizations consist of? What counts as valid knowledge in organization theory and why? How do different paradigms view organization theory as a science? 2) How has organization theory developed over time, and what structure has the field taken? What assumptions does knowledge produced in organization theory incorporate, and what forms do its knowledge claims take as they are put forward for public adoption? 3) How have certain well-known controversies in organization theory, such as for example, the structure/agency dilemma, the study of organizational culture, the different modes of explanation, the micro/macro controversy, and the differnet explanations produced by organizational economists and sociologists, been dealt with? 4) How, and in what ways, is knowledge generated in organization theory related to action? What features must organization theory knowledge have in order to be actionable, and of relevance to the world 'out there'? How have ethical concerns been taken into account in organization theory?5) What is the future of organization theory? What direction should the field take? What must change in the way research is conducted and key theoretical terms are conceptualized so that organization theory enhances its capacity to generate valid and relevant knowledge?

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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 666
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Introduction: The Need for Meta-theoretical Reflection in Organization Theory
Organization Theory as Science
Organizational Theory as a Positive Science
Organization Theory as an Interpretive Science
Organization Theory as a Critical Science: Forms of analysis and 'new organizational' forms
Organization Theory as a Postmodern Science
The Construction of Organization Theory
The Origins of Organization Theory
Fusing Sociological Theory with Engineering Discourse: The historical and epistemological foundations of organization theory
Feminist Theory and Organization Theory: A dialogue on new bases
The Styles and the Stylists of Organization Theory
Pluralism, Scientific Progress, and the Structure of Organization Theory
Meta-theoretical Controversies in Organization Theory
Open Doors and Brick Walls: The agency/structure dilemma in organization theory
Modes of Explanation in Organization Theory
Micro and Macro Perspectives in Organization Theory: A tale of incommensurability
Economic Versus Sociological Approaches to Organization Theory
Meta-theoretical Controversies in Studying Organizational Culture
Organization Theory as a Policy Science
Actionable Knowledge
Theory and Practice in the Real World
Organization Theory and Ethics: Varieties and dynamics of constrained optimization
Character and Virtue in an Era of Turbulent Capitalism
The Future of Organization Theory
The Future of Organization Theory: Prospects and limitations
Managing Organization Futures in a Changing World of Power/Knowledge
The Future of Organization Theory: Beyond the selection-adaptation debate
At Home from Mars to Somalia: Recounting organization theory
New Times, Fresh Challenges: Reflections on the past and the future of organization theory
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