Debating Organization

Debating Organization : Point-counterpoint in Organization Studies

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This volume introduces readers to the central debates of organization studies through a series of a pointa and a counterpointa debates by major figures in the field. * Introduces readers to the central tensions and debates of organization studies. * Celebrates the productive heterogeneity of the field by placing competing perspectives side by side. * Includes contributions from major figures in the field. * Structured in an innovative a pointa and a counterpointa format.

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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 26mm | 739.99g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 5
  • 0631216936
  • 9780631216933
  • 1,131,029

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"Every reader will disagree with portions of this book. But every reader will also come to see organization science differently, as adjacent chapters juxtapose contrasting interpretations, new voices receive hearings, and orthodoxies meet challenges. These debates expand our understanding by articulating alternatives, and occasionally synthesizing them. Students of organization or management theory will find this a valuable introduction to the central tensions and debates in organization studies." Bill Starbuck, New York University "Debating Organization is fabulous! Ia ve been dipping in and out of it all week, and have learned an immense amount. It is really good. The intros you wrote to the sections are beautifully crafted. Congratulations!" Karl Weick, University of Michigan

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Since the publication of Burrell and Morgan's "Sociological Paradigms and Organization Theory" in 1979, organization studies has been the site of lively debate, centered on significant 'paradigm differences' between theorists who take divergent positions on a range of important research issues. In this volume, major figures in the field articulate these opposing arguments in an innovative 'point' and 'counterpoint' structure. Leading exponents of different theories, including Bill McKelvey, Karl E. Weick, Barbara Czarniawska, Roderick M. Kramer and Lex Donaldson, present their case in counterpoint to their adversaries, challenging readers to engage in the dialogue. The arguments are signposted in an introduction by the editors, who are acclaimed academics in their own right. The volume as a whole serves as an original and timely introduction to the central tensions and debates in organization studies, while its multifaceted approach celebrates the productive heterogeneity of the field.

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About Robert Westwood

Robert Westwood is Reader/Associate Professor at the University of Queensland Business School. He is the co--editor of The Language of Organization (2001), Hong Kong Management and Labour: Continuity and Change (1999) and the editor of Organizational Behaviour: Southeast Asian Perspectives (1992). Westwood is also an associate editor of the journal Culture and Organisation and on the editorial board of Organization Studies. Stewart Clegg is Professor of Management at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the author or editor of many books, including Frameworks of Power (1989), Modern Organizations (1990) and the Handbook of Organization Studies (1996), which won the George R. Terry Book Award of the American Academy of Management for a most outstanding contribution to management knowledgea in 1997.

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