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The Oxford handbook of organization theory

Author: Haridimos Tsoukas; Christian Knudsen; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
The central question explored in this work is the epistemological status of organization theory as a policy science. By drawing attention to organization theory as a practical social activity, the handbook reviews and evaluates important epistemological developments in the discipline.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Haridimos Tsoukas; Christian Knudsen; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 0199275254 9780199275250
OCLC Number: 62275378
Description: xxi, 644 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: The need for meta-theoretical reflection in organizational theory / Haridimos Tsoukas, Christian Knudsen --
Organization theory as a positive science / Lex Donaldson --
Organization theory as an interpretive science / Mary Jo Hatch, Dvora Yanow --
Organization theory as a critical science? Forms of analysis and 'new organizational forms' / Hugh Willmott --
Organization theory as a postmodern science / Robert Chia --
The origins of organization theory / William H. Starbuck --
The historical and epistemological foundations of organization theory : fusing sociological theory with engineering discourse / Yehouda Shenhav --
Feminist theory and organization theory : a dialogue on new bases / Silvia Gherardi --
The styles and the stylists of organization theory / Barbara Czarniawska --
Pluralism, scientific progress, and the structure of organization theory / Christian Knudsen --
The agency/structure dilemma in organization theory : open doors and brick walls / Michael Reed --
Modes of explanation in organization theory / Andreas Georg Scherer --
Micro and macro perspectives in organization theory : a tale of incommensurability / William McKinley, Mark A. Mone --
Economic versus sociological approaches to organization theory / Richard Swedberg --
Meta-theoretical controversies in studying organizational culture / Joanne Martin --
Actionable knowledge / Chris Argyris --
Theory and practice in the real world / Karl E. Weick --
Organization theory and ethics : varieties and dynamics of constrained optimization / Richard P. Nielsen --
Character and virtue in an era of turbulent capitalism / Iain Mangham --
The future of organization theory : prospects and limitations / Gibson Burrell --
Managing organization futures in a changing world of power/knowledge / Stewart Clegg --
The future of organization studies : beyond the selection-adaptation debate / Arie Y. Lewin, Henk W. Volberda --
At home from Mars to Somalia : recounting organizational studies / Marta B. Calas, Linda Skirmish --
New times, fresh challenges : reflections of the past and the future of organization theory / Haridimos Tsoukas.
Other Titles: Handbook of organization theory
Responsibility: edited by Haridimos Tsoukas and Christian Knudsen.
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