Styles of Organizing: The Will to Form

Hardcover | July 15, 2013

byGibson Burrell

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In this book, leading organization theorist Gibson Burrell presents a provocative and challenging approach to the study of organizations, aiming to move beyond the two-dimensionality of much organizational thinking and present more complex 3-D models, which allow for the "intractions" ofapparently disparate perspectives. The book aims to illuminate organization theory by discussing its interrelationship with key features of economics, architecture, aesthetics, design of the built environment, and associated artwork. He argues that by their shared "definitions", these areas ofsocial science and the humanities are struggling with the same issue - "the will to form".The author suggests that, whilst there are a huge number of possibilities for the process of organizing, the constraints of the human body, our cognitive limitations in space and time, and our relationship to nature, mean that these are necessarily limited to an "envelope" of possibilities. He thenoutlines the basic parameters of the "design envelope", analysing it through discussion of "styles", and examines the hidden assumptions of these styles with regards the origins and potentialities of human knowledge. Burrell argues that the envelope of organizational, politico-economic, andarchitectural design possibilities may be seen as a cube, thus taking forward the geometrical notions of "lines" of fight, "points" of difference, and "planes" of agreement to discuss the huge range of, and massive constraints upon, human organizing that are reflected in the "will to form". Keydifferences in assumptions demarcate distinct "styles of organizing" which every reader possesses - whether they are aware of them or not.

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In this book, leading organization theorist Gibson Burrell presents a provocative and challenging approach to the study of organizations, aiming to move beyond the two-dimensionality of much organizational thinking and present more complex 3-D models, which allow for the "intractions" ofapparently disparate perspectives. The book aims ...

Gibson Burrell is Professor of Organization Theory at Leicester and was Head of the School of Management from 2002-7. He was elected an Academician for the Social Sciences (AcSS) in 2005. Previously at the Universities of Essex, Warwick, and Lancaster, in each of which he undertook a number of administrative roles, he now teaches crit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199671621

ISBN - 13:9780199671625

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Terror of Nothingness and the Rise of Representations3. The Styling of Styles4. Geometry in the Organization of Style5. The Design Envelope6. Three Dimensions, Eight Points, and Six Planes7. Lines of Fight in the Built Environment8. Lines of Fight in Organizing9. Points of Difference in Aesthetics (and Politics)10. Points of Difference in Organizing Ourselves11. Planes of Agreement in Architecture12. Planes of Agreement in Organization Theory13. Conclusions: The Face of the Other