Central Currents in Organization Studies I & II

Major Works

Edited by: Stewart Clegg

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2002 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446260982 |
    • Print ISBN: 9780761947264 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446260982 |
    • Series: SAGE Library in Business and Management |
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Offering a solid grounding in the historical and contemporary concerns of the field, Central Currents in Organization Studies I & II presents an innovative and thematically coherent selection of seminal articles. This eight-volume set provides an essential benchmark reference to any library concerned with the field of organization studies.

Presenting the most influential and provocative contributions to the field, this major work reviews the development of organization studies, including both mainstream and more innovative topics, leading through to recent debates on the status of organizations.

In addition to over 160 key original articles included in the collection, the each set opens with an introductory editorial essay by Stewart Clegg setting out the rationale behind the selections, and providing an illuminating discussion of the development of organization studies ...

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  • Editor's Introduction

    A compilation of the volume Introductions.

    Introduction to Volume I-IV: Frameworks and Applications
    Bounded Rationalities and Context Dependence

    Acentral proposition of what has become known as Organization Studies is that decision-making is always bounded in its rationality by the great depths and far reaches of uncertainty and ignorance within which it will always be constituted1. This is what makes organization theory, as a social science, an example of ‘phronesis’ (Flyvbjerg, 2001). Phronesis, an Aristotelian term, refers to a discipline that is pragmatic, variable, context-dependent, based on practical rationality, and inherently unlaw-like. That is to say, because rationality is bounded it can never account for itself: hence reflex-ivity is inherent to its practice. (As a product advisory note, it should be clear that this is a statement ...

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