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Sociology and Organization Theory Positivism, Paradigms and Postmodernity

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ISBN-10: 0521484588

ISBN-13: 9780521484589

Edition: 1995

Authors: John Hassard, William Brown, John Child, Anthony Hopwood, Paul Wildman

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It has been claimed that organisation theory is in a state of crisis. This book traces the history of the orthodox systems theory paradigm in organisation studies from its foundations in positivist sociology, through its theoretical and empirical development under structural-functionalism, to its recent deconstruction by postmodernists. The analysis offers general support for the 'sociology-in-crisis' thesis, but takes issue with one of its main propositions, that paradigms are incommensurable. It is argued that paradigms are porous rather than hermetic phenomena, a fact which has profound implications for the theory building process. Based on language-game philosophy, a dialectical theory…    
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Book details

List price: $37.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/6/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of figures and tables
Foundations of orthodoxy
The hegemony of systems
From functionalism to fragmentation
Closed paradigms and analytical openings
Multiple paradigm research
Postmodernism and organization
Author index
Subject index