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Origins of Organizing

Edited by Tuomo Peltonen, Professor of Organization and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, Hugo Gaggiotti, Principal Lecturer of Organization Studies, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK and Visiting Professor, Robert Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, New School for Social Research, New York, US and Peter Case, Professor of Organization Studies, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK and Professor of Management and Organization Studies, School of Business, James Cook University, Australia
The origins of organizing are conventionally seen as emerging from the historiographical works of Western social scientists in the early 20th century. Here, the authors address a gap in current literature by exploring previously unrecognized or marginalized global origins in both modern and ancient history.
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Publication Date: June 2018
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  • Business and Management
  • Organisation Studies
The origins of organizing are conventionally seen as emerging from the historiographical works of Western social scientists in the early 20th century. Here, the authors address a gap in current literature by exploring previously unrecognized or marginalized global origins in both modern and ancient history.

This innovative collection of original, research-based work covers a variety of historical epochs and theoretical streams from ancient civilizations to modern movements in philosophy and the social sciences. Among other topics, the chapters evaluate ideas of organizing by Quakers, 16th-century Jesuits and communities in the Roman Empire and ancient China. The authors creatively and insightfully engage with the historiography and philosophy of organizing, presenting alternatives to the dominant Western-focused development of organizational theory and practice.

Origins of Organizing is significant in expanding the field of organizational theory to incorporate key examples that move away from mainstream and traditional perspectives. It will serve as a complementary text for graduate students in the fields of organization theory, management history and critical management studies.
‘We need to reflect upon the historical origins of organizing that extend far further than people usually think. This reflection must be critical and open to alternative histories and explanations. Origins of Organizing does just that. This book offers fascinating insights not only for those interested in organization and management history or critically oriented management and organizational studies, but for anyone engaged with organization theory or management practice, seeking for a deeper understanding of what organizing is all about. This is because the book is compiled and written in a reflexive manner that does not offer one truth but a number of perspectives that help to enrich our understanding of organizing and its various origins.’
– Eero Vaara, Aalto University School of Business, Finland

‘Origins of Organizing is a major contribution to the “historic turn” in organization theory. For those wishing to explore this fascinating aspect of organizational analysis I can think of no better source. Simply an outstanding collection of essays by some of the world’s foremost thinkers in the field. Highly recommended.’
– John Hassard, University of Manchester, UK
Contributors include: J. Bento da Silva, C. Bettin, M. Brigham, G. Burrell, P. Case, B. Czarniawska, W. Dai, H. Gaggiotti, I. Iordanou, D. Kavanagh, M. Kostera, P. Krzyworzeka, A.J. Mills, T. Peltonen

Contents:

Introduction: In search of alternative origins of organizing
Tuomo Peltonen, Hugo Gaggiotti and Peter Case

PART I THEORETICAL ORIGINS
1. Chaos: The Unspeakable Other to Origins and Organizing
Gibson Burrell

2. Revisiting the sociological origins of organization theory: The forgotten legacy of Pitirim Sorokin
Tuomo Peltonen

3. Neglecting the Anthropological Origins of Organizing: causes and consequences
Hugo Gaggiotti, Monika Kostera and Paweł Krzyworzeka

4. She Came and Stayed: A de Beauvoirean Approach to Organizing
Caterina Bettin and Albert J. Mills

PART II HISTORICAL ORIGINS
5. Organizing in the Roman Empire
Barbara Czarniawska

6. A Daoist epistemology for understanding an alternative origin of organizing
Wenjin Dai

7. The Origins of Organizing in the Sixteenth Century
Bento da Silva, Jose, Iordanou and Ioanna

8. The Quakers: Forgotten Pioneers
Donncha Kavanagh and Martin Brighamb

Index