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Bureaucracy, Collegiality and Social Change
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Bureaucracy, Collegiality and Social Change

Redefining Organizations with Multilevel Relational Infrastructures

9781839102363 Edward Elgar Publishing
Emmanuel Lazega, Professor, Sciences Po, CSO-CNRS, IUF, France
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 236 3 Extent: 352 pp
This insightful book theorizes the contrast between two logics of organization: bureaucracy and collegiality. Based on this theory and employing a new methodology to transform our sociological understanding, Emmanuel Lazega sheds light on complex organizational phenomena that impact markets, political economy, social networks and social stratification.

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This insightful book theorizes the contrast between two logics of organization: bureaucracy and collegiality. Based on this theory and employing a new methodology to transform our sociological understanding, Emmanuel Lazega sheds light on complex organizational phenomena that impact markets, political economy, social networks and social stratification.

Lazega focuses on how organizations use and combine logics of bureaucracy and collegiality, deploying and developing the analysis of multilevel networks to explore how these logics coalesce and interact in organizational settings and stratigraphies. Revisiting sociological knowledge on various phenomena, such as coopetition in science, markets and government, the creation of new institutions in political economy and elite self-segregation, this book advances our perception of the changes introduced in the contemporary ‘science of organizations’ by the digitalization of society.

Offering new theoretical insights into organizations, this book is crucial for sociologists of organizations and management scholars, as well as postgraduate students, in search of an innovative understanding of the trajectories of contemporary organizations. The analysis of multilevel networks will also benefit practitioners and analysts working in the field.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book is full of ideas useful to organizational sociologists and management scholars.’
– Patricia H Thornton, Administrative Science Quarterly

‘The text provides a fascinating and insightful look into the complexity of organizations.’
– Cindy L Davis, International Social Science Review

‘Bureaucracy, Collegiality and Social Change is a remarkable synthesis of research associated to the latest achievements of the anthropological and sociological social networks and relational data knowledge. However, first and foremost the book is a lucid vision of the sensitivity of relational data, of the necessity to regulate private exclusive access to data, social engineering and defend a public and democratic national state and international power to guarantee and enforce the principles of open science and safeguard the autonomy of social sciences and their right to investigate, to critique and to tell the truth to power from unsubordinated, autonomous positions. These crucial ideas, which are also well-founded warnings, are convincingly based on a serious and impressive social networks and relational data knowledge.’
– Henrieta Serban, Nordicum-Mediterraneum
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Contents: 1. Introduction PART I A STRATIGRAPHIC AND MULTILEVEL NETWORK APPROACH TO ORGANIZATIONS 2. Bureaucracy and collegiality co-constituting organizations as multilevel settings 3. Combined bureaucracy and collegiality in co-constitution of organizations and their environment PART II EXPLORATORY APPLICATIONS OF STRATIGRAPHIC AND MULTILEVEL NETWORK APPROACHES 4. Government by relationships: policy, collegial oligarchies of insiders, and institutions of the political economy 5. Revisiting the role of organizations in generating social
inequalities and stratification 6. Inside-out collegiality: new bureaucratic parameterizations of commons through digitalization 7. Conclusion References Index
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