The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory: Meta-theoretical Perspectives (Oxford Handbooks)

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This book provides a forum for leading scholars in organization theory to engage in meta-theoretical reflection on the historical development, present state and future prospects of organization theory as a scientific discipline. The central question explored is the epistemological status of organization theory as a policy science. This is a meta-theoretical question; the object of analysis and debate in this volume is not a set of organizational phenomena, but organization theory itself. By drawing attention to organization theory as a practical social activity, this book reviews and evaluates important epsitemological developments in the discipline. More specifically, the focus is on issues related to the nature of knowledge claims put forward in organization theory and the controversies surrounding the generation, validation and utilization of such knowledge.

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Oxford Handbooks in Business & Management bring together the world's leading scholars on the subject to discuss current research and the latest thinking in a range of interrelated topics including Strategy, Organizational Behavior, Public Management, International Business, and many others. Containing completely new essays with extensive referencing to further reading and key ideas, the volumes, in hardback or paperback, serve as both a thorough introduction to a topic and a useful desk reference for scholars and advanced students alike.

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Haridimos Tsoukas is the George D. Mavros Research Professor of Organization and Management at ALBA in Greece, and Professor of Organization Theory and Behaviour at the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business, UK. Previous positions held include Lecturer at Warwick Business School (1990-5), and Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus. Christian Knudsen is a Research Fellow at Copenhagen University and Århus Business School, Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Visiting Professor at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Stanford University.

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`Any social scientist with an interest in organizations, and it is difficult to imagine a social scientist without this interest, will find something of value in The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory. Most will find quite a lot. The volume is one of the rare handbooks that can be read
cover to cover without fear of encountering spells of repetition, filler, or impenetrable jargon. Tsoukas and Knudson did a remarkable job of selecting authors, providing them with clear direction, allowing them the independence to pursue widely disparate ideas to their conclusion, and forging the
600 pages into a coherent and timely whole. The Handbook will certainly have a lasting impact not only on organization theory, but on such related disciplines as sociology, political science, and economics. Its publication is an impressive achievement.'
Work, employment and society Volume 21 ? Number 2 ? June 2007

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