Contemporary Organization Theory


Author: Campbell Jones,Rolland Munro
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405132275
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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This research monograph reviews the advances in thinking about organization, but also articulates a vision of the possible future of organization theory. Introduces and evaluates the work of eighteen key theorists writing over the last two decades. Comments directly on the approach of those writers who have most stimulated and enlargened the recent study of organization. Articulates a vision of the possible future of organization theory.

Inside Immigration Law

Migration Management and Policy Application in Germany
Author: Tobias G. Eule
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317116178
Category: Law
Page: 172
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Inside Immigration Law analyses the practice of implementing immigration law, examining the different political and organisational forces that influence the process. Based on unparalleled academic access to the German migration management system, this book provides new insights into the ’black box’ of regulating immigration, revealing how the application of immigration law to individual cases can be chaotic, improvised and sometimes arbitrary, and either informed or distorted by the complex, politically laden and changeable nature of both German and EU immigration laws. Drawing on extensive empirical material, including participant observation, interviews and analyses of public as well as confidential documents in German immigration offices, Inside Immigration Law unveils the complex practices of decision-making and work organisation in a politically contested environment. A comparative, critical evaluation of the work of offices that examines the discretion and client interactions of bureaucrats, the management of legal knowledge and symbolism and the relationships between immigration offices and external political forces, this book will be of interest to sociologists, legal scholars and political scientists working in the areas of migration, integration and the study of work and organisations.

French Philosophy and Social Theory

A Perspective for Ethics and Philosophy of Management
Author: Jacob Dahl Rendtorff
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9401788456
Category: Philosophy
Page: 315
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This book demonstrates how the conceptual resources of contemporary French philosophy from the early 20thCentury to the present day can be applied to give us new perspectives on business ethics and the ethics of organizations. In providing an overview of possible applications, the book covers a wide range of philosophers, philosophical movements and perspectives and provides detailed analyses of core materials relevant to business ethics. It explores and analyzes French philosophy, taking into account phenomenology, existentialism, French epistemology, structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction and postmodernism as well as recent discussions of philosophy of organizations and management. Each chapter contains suggestions for further reading and educational illustrations of possible applications to the mainstream business ethics and ethics of organization literature.

Handbook on Organisational Entrepreneurship


Author: Daniel Hjorth
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1781009058
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 496
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ÔDaniel Hjorth is justifiably famous for thinking differently about those things Òwe all knowÓ, and this Handbook adds fuel to that fire. The Handbook reasserts the intellectual and practical primacy of organizational creation as the driving force of entrepreneurship. By getting some of the best minds in entrepreneurship to explore and speculate on the organizational aspects of entrepreneurship, this Handbook reframes and repositions entrepreneurship as the organizing trope for the postindustrial age.Õ Ð Jerome Katz, Saint Louis University, US This Handbook brings together pioneering, original work on organisational entrepreneurship. It provides a broad coverage and rich agenda for future research and teaching on the entrepreneurship-organisation relationship. Organisational entrepreneurship represents an interdisciplinary field of research that relates organisation, entrepreneurship and innovation studies in new ways. This Handbook establishes the scope of this interdisciplinary domain, challenges our perception of relationships between organisation(s) and entrepreneurship, and asks new questions central to our capacity to describe, analyse and understand organisational entrepreneurship. Providing a broad and rich set of examples of interdisciplinary research and bridging the fields of strategic management, organisation studies, entrepreneurship, innovation, art and aesthetics, this important compendium will prove invaluable to graduate students and scholars in these fields.

Un/knowing Bodies


Author: Joanna Latimer,Michael Schillmeier
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 272
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Leading international authors from across the social science disciplines explore the contemporary re-theorizing of bodies as known, knowing and unknowing. Presents cutting-edge research on ageing, disability, and biomedicine, together with original philosophical debates about the body and embodiment Offers exciting and creative approaches to researching disembodiment and to the practice, organization, and conduct of care Original exploration of contemporary theory and social philosophy on the body Includes innovative and creative approaches to care and primary research in medicine, genetics, disability, and ageing studies

Actor Network Theory and After


Author: John Law,John Hassard
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9780631211945
Category: Social Science
Page: 264
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Actor network theory is a powerful approach which combines the insights of post-structuralism with an analysis of the materials of social life. This controversial and path-breaking volume extends ANT beyond studies of technology, power and organisation to the body, subjectivity, politics, and cultural difference, and puts it into cutting-edge dialogue with feminism, anthropology, psychology and economics.

Work, Postmodernism and Organization

A Critical Introduction
Author: Philip Hancock,Melissa Tyler
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761959441
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 243
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Work, Postmodernism and Organization provides a wide-ranging and very accessible introduction to postmodern theory and its relevance for the cultural world of the work organization. The book provides a critical review of the debates that have shaped organization theory over the past decade, making clear the meaning and significance of postmodern ideas for contemporary organization theory and practice. Work, Postmodernism and Organization will provide valuable material to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of organization theory, organizational behaviour, industrial sociology, and more general business & management and sociology courses.

Anatomising Embodiment and Organisation Theory


Author: K. Dale
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0333993829
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 249
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Anatomising Embodiment and Organisation Theory explores the relationship between the human body and the development of social theory about organisations and organising. The science of anatomy is taken as a pattern for knowledge both of the human body and/or organisations, and the twin symbols of dissection - the scalpel and the mirror - are used to understand the production of knowledge about organisations.

The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory


Author: Haridimos Tsoukas,Christian Knudsen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199275250
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 644
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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 theory itself.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 haveethical 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?

Organization Theory and Postmodern Thought


Author: Stephen Linstead
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761953111
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 188
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Focuses on a major philosopher who has had, or should have, a major influence on organization theory.

For Positivist Organization Theory


Author: Lex Donaldson
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1849208174
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 200
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Organization theory is presently dominated by theories of strategic choice and politics. Managers are seen as exercising a wide choice and maximizing their personal self-interest through complex power struggles. This stimulating volume challenges these views, arguing instead that managerial decisions are determined by the situation and serve the interests of the whole organization. Showing that organizations follow laws which generalize across organizations of many different kinds in many different national cultures, the book rejects the model of organizational configurations or types. The author offers a critical assessment of leading organization theorists such as Henry Mintzberg, John Child, Michael Hannan and Danny Miller - and also of the satirist Northcote Parkinson.

Space Travel and Culture

From Apollo to Space Tourism
Author: David Bell,Martin Parker
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405193320
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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Explores the significance of the first Apollo moon landing and how the countless books, films, and products associated with factual space fiction had an affect on popular culture and artistic practice, but not social sciences and humanities Investigates how a topic is hugely important in popular culture, but almost invisible in the academy, and how it makes us want to ask questions about visibility, or perhaps self-censorship Evaluates how little impact the space age actually had on the social sciences and humanities - partly because its combination of military-industrial cold war politics, combined with patriarchy and big science, sits uneasily with contemporary thought in these areas Provides an interdisciplinary collection of essays on various aspects of NASA, the moon landing, and the commercialization of space generally The book travels from hard engineering to space romance, echoing the variety of attempts to blur science and culture

The Social Organisation of Marketing

A Figurational Approach to People, Organisations, and Markets
Author: John Connolly,Paddy Dolan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319515713
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 236
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The book examines the social processes which have shaped the development and organisation of various marketing practices and activities, and the markets associated with them. Drawing on the figurational-sociological approach associated with Norbert Elias the contributors explain how various markets and related marketing practices and activities are organised, enabled and constrained by the actions of people at different levels of social integration. Collectively, The Social Organisation of Marketing provides insights into topics such as the consumption and of wine in China, the advertising of Guinness, the management of on-line communities in Germany, the corporate social responsibility strategies of multinational energy corporations in Africa, the concept of talent management in contemporary organisations, the child consumer in Ireland, and the constraining and enabling influences of the American corporate organisational structure.

Emotions and Sociology


Author: Jack Barbalet
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405105576
Category: Psychology
Page: 182
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Comprising eight chapters written by leading sociologists from five countries, this volume demonstrates the significance of emotions for sociological inquiry. Shows what sociology looks like when emotions are taken seriously. Comprises eight chapters by leading sociologists from five countries. Explores major sub-disciplines of sociology, including political sociology, economic sociology, and sociology of science. Takes sociology in an exciting new direction.

Power and Organizations


Author: Stewart Clegg,David Courpasson,Nelson Phillips
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761943921
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 457
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In this tour de force, authors Stewart R. Clegg, David Courpasson, and Nelson Phillips provide a comprehensive account of power and organizations, unlocking power as the central relation of modern organizations and society. The authors present an excellent synthesis of organization, social and political theory to offer an overview of power and organizations that is historically informed, addresses current issues, and is comprehensive in scope.

Muslim History and Social Theory

A Global Sociology of Modernity
Author: Dietrich Jung
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319526081
Category: Political Science
Page: 133
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This book combines contemporary discussions on modernity with the history of the Muslim world. From a heuristic perspective, it is sketching out a framework for a global sociology of modernity. This framework attempts to accommodate a core assumption of classical modernization theory – the global nature of modernity – with the pluralistic perspective of the rise of a multiplicity of historically concrete forms of modernities. It tries to reconcile a universalistic concept of modernity with the fact of modernity’s multiple historical realizations. At the same time, this discussion of contemporary social theory puts forward a critique of the still so conveniently applied equation of modernization with Westernization. In empirical terms, the book substantiates this critique in drawing its exemplary illustrations from the historical experience of Muslim peoples. Bringing Muslim history and discussions in social theory together, this book represents a synthesis of research efforts in sociology and Islamic studies.

Understanding Organizations

Theories and Images
Author: Udo Staber
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 144629157X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 280
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Electronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here Understanding Organizations: Theories and Images introduces students to the key principles of understanding, designing, and managing organizations in an accessible and practical way. The book provides a conceptual toolkit containing the essential models, theories and concepts needed for working in, managing and evaluating organizations. Key Features: Insightful anecdotes discuss how for- and not-for profit organizations fit within our current society from a social and economic perspective. Theoretical framework and multi-perspective approach focuses on economics, institutionalism and evolution theory highlighting the relationship between organizations, employees and the broader society. Research-focused approach analyses organizational phenomena in light of recent studies. This textbook is ideal for undergraduates and postgraduates studying general management, organizational theory, organizational design, and organizational sociology. Visit the Companion Website at www.sagepub.co.uk/staber