Concise Introduction to Organization Theory

Hardback

Concise Introduction to Organization Theory

From Ontological Differences to Robust Identities

9781803921266 Edward Elgar Publishing
Michael Lounsbury, Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada and Professor of Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship, The Australian National University College of Business and Economics, Australia and Joel Gehman, Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy and Lindner-Gambal Professor, George Washington School of Business, George Washington University, US
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 126 6 Extent: 166 pp
In this Concise Introduction, Michael Lounsbury and Joel Gehman set out an overview of organization theory that clarifies how to cultivate a robust scholarly identity in a field rich with diverse research traditions. Providing a summary of rationalist, pragmatic and co-constitutive theories, they highlight how scholars can meaningfully contribute to the academic conversation and maximize the practical relevance of their work.

Request print desk copy (title has been adopted for course use)

Request an electronic examination copy

Copyright & permissions

Recommend to librarian

Your Details

Privacy Policy

Librarian Details

Download leaflet

Print page

More Information
Critical Acclaim
Contents
More Information
Our Elgar Concise Introductions are inspiring and considered. They explain the key principles in business and are expertly written by some of the world’s leading scholars. The aims of the series are two-fold: to pinpoint essential concepts of business and management, and to offer insights that stimulate critical thinking.

In this Concise Introduction, Michael Lounsbury and Joel Gehman set out an overview of organization theory that clarifies how to cultivate a robust scholarly identity in a field rich with diverse research traditions. Providing a summary of rationalist, pragmatic and co-constitutive theories, they highlight how scholars can meaningfully contribute to the academic conversation and maximize the practical relevance of their work.

Key features:
● Provides a comparative analysis of different organization theories
● Helps scholars mindfully position themselves and their work within specific academic discussions
● Highlights opportunities to bridge ontological differences by engaging in scholarly debates across theoretical categories

This Concise Introduction is a crucial reference point for organization scholars. It will also appeal to doctoral students and early-career scholars in management, strategy and entrepreneurship.
Critical Acclaim
‘Mike Lounsbury and Joel Gehman take us on an impressive journey in which they lay out the landscape of contemporary organization theory in a compelling and engaging way. Not only do they cover existing perspectives comprehensively and in depth, they also offer an innovative and powerful approach to navigating this extremely broad literature. Their take will profoundly reshape how we will map the field in the future. An absolute must-read for scholars and students of organization.’
– Renate Meyer, WU Vienna University of Economics, Austria and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

‘Organizations and organizing have seen radical changes in how coordinated action happens over the past generation. Technology is enabling entirely new methods of collaboration and conflict, and there is a Cambrian explosion of social forms. How can organizational scholars understand the “objects” they study (ontology) and the value commitments around them (axiology)? Lounsbury and Gehman provide a new organizing framework to understand where different theoretical traditions land on these dimensions. They guide scholars through those traditions to enable them to engage their community and the broader world to have the greatest impact. The book is an invaluable resource for rising scholars.’
– Jerry Davis, University of Michigan, US

‘This introduction to Organization Theory is broad in scope, mapping the field over time and across its rationalist, pragmatic and co-constitutive domains, and also offers rare integrative insights across these domains. A must for postgraduate courses and for any of us looking to rethink our own approach to Organization Theory.’
– Paula Jarzabkowski, University of Queensland, Australia and City, University of London, UK

‘This concise book is bound to be a timeless classic on organization theory. It skillfully lays out the major schools of theoretical thinking on the subject by uniquely identifying their philosophical underpinnings and lays out how these various ways of thinking helps students and those working in organizations think better and differently about organizations and organizational life. Wonderfully written, engaging and informative on every page, it is the Introduction to the field that we have all been waiting for.’
– Joep Cornelissen, University of Liverpool, UK and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Contents
Contents:
1 Introduction: the organization theory landscape
2 Rationalist theories
3 Pragmatic theories
4 Co-constitutive theories
5 The broad reach of organization theory
6 Conclusion: building a robust scholarly identity
References
eBook for individuals
978 1 80392 127 3
From £21.56
Click here for options
eBook for library purchase
978 1 80392 127 3
View sample chapter and check access on:
eBook options

Available for individuals to buy from these websites

The specialist eTextbook vendors listed also offer purchase options for institutions wishing to provide course books for their students.
My Cart