The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations by Paul S. Adler

The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations

EditorPaul S. Adler

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Organizations are a defining feature of the modern world, and the study of organizations (Organization Studies) has become well established in both sociology departments and professional schools, most notably business and management schools. Organization Studies has long drawn inspiration from foundational work in sociology. In particular, "classical" works in sociology have long energized organizational research, primarily by suggesting ways of making sense of the ever-accelerating pace of social change. In recent decades, however, thefield has lost interest in these sociology classics. This trend reflects and reinforces an increasingly academic focus of contempory Organization Studies. Not only does this trend weaken Organization Studies' engagement with the big social issues of our time, but it isolates the field from thebroader field of the social sciences. The aim of this Handbook is to re-assert the importance of classical sociology to the future of Organization Studies. Alongside several thematic chapters, the volume includes chapters on each of nearly two dozen major European and American theorists, each of these chapter addressing: (a) the ideasand their context, (b) the impact of these ideas on the field of Organization Studies, and (c) the potential future research these ideas might inspire. The goal is not reverential exegesis, but rather to examine how the classics can energize organizational research.This wide-ranging Handbook, with contributions from leading American and European scholars, will be a vital, informative, and stimulating resource for anybody undertaking research in, teaching, or interested in learning more about Organization Studies today.

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Professor Adler began his education in Australia and moved to France in 1974. He received his doctorate in economics and management there while working as a Research Economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University...

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Title:The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical FoundationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:October 23, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Role of the Classics1. Paul Adler: Introduction: A Social Science which Forgets its Founders is Lost2. Patricia H. Thornton: The Value of the ClassicsPart II: European Perspectives3. Richard Swedburg: Tocqueville as a Pioneer in Organization Theory4. Paul Adler: Marx and Organization Studies Today5. Richard Marens: It's Not Just for Communists any More: Marxian Political Economy and Organizational Theory6. Stewart Clegg and Michael Lounsbury: Weber:Sintering the Iron Cage: Translation, Domination, and Rationality7. Paul du Gay: Max Weber and the Ethics of Office8. Pamela S. Tolbert and Shon R. Hiatt: On Organizations and Oligarchies: Michels in 21st Century9. Frank Dobbin: How Durkheim's Theory of Meaning-making Influenced Organizational Sociology10. Paul Hirsch, Peer Fiss, and Amanda Hoel-Green: A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization11. Barbara Czarniawska: Gabriel Tarde and Organization Theory12. Alan Scott: Georg Simmel: The Individual and the Organization13. Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Rakesh Khurana: Types and Positions: The Significance of Georg Simmel's Structural Theories for Organizational Behavior14. Markus C. Becker and Thorbjorn Knudsen: Schumpeter and the Organization of Entrepreneurship15. Ad van Iterson: Norbert Elias's Impact on Organization StudiesPart III: American Perspectives16. Gary G. Hamilton and Misha Petrovic: Thorstein Veblen and the Organization of the Capitalist Economy17. Stella M. Nkomo: The Sociology of Race: The Contributions of W. E. B. Du Bois18. Andrew Abbott: Organizations and the Chicago School19. Arne Carlsen: After James on Identity20. Michael D. Cohen: Reading Dewey: Some Implications for the Study of Routine21. Christopher Ansell: Mary Parker Follett and Pragmatist Organization22. Tim Hallett, David Shulman, and Gary Alan Fine: Peopling Organizations: The Promise of Classic Symbolic Interactionism for an Inhabited Institutionalism23. Andrew Van de Ven and Arik Lifschitz: John R. Commons: Back to the Future of Organization Studies24. Elisabeth S. Clemens: The Problem of the Corporation: Liberalism and the Large Organization25. Michael Reed: Bureaucratic Theory and Intellectual Renewal in Contemporary Organization Studies26. Heather Haveman: The Columbia School and the Study of Organizations: Why Organizations Have Lives of Their Own27. Charles Heckscher: Parsons as an Organization TheoristPart IV: Afterword28. Gerald Davis and Mayer N. Zald: Afterword: Sociological Classics and the Canon in the Study of Organizations

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Review from previous edition: "In sum, editor Paul Adler has assembled a talented band of scholars who provide more than ample justification for the continuing value of theory-driven research, reminding us to continue to learn from and build on the foundations erected by the classical scholarsbut also to recognize the potential benefits to be gained from exploring the paths not taken" --W. R. Scott, Stanford University