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Relational Perspectives in Organizational Studies

A Research Companion Edited by Olympia Kyriakidou, Department of Business Administration, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece and Mustafa F. Özbilgin, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Brunel University, UK
The contributors to this highly innovative and authoritative research companion, leading experts in their field, apply relational analyses to different areas of organization studies and provide a comprehensive review of the relational perspectives.

The book features empirical, theoretical, philosophical and methodological contributions from a wide spectrum of disciplinary perspectives on relationality in and around organizations.
Extent: 336 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 125 0
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  • Business and Management
  • Diversity and Management
  • Organisation Studies
The contributors to this highly innovative and authoritative research companion, leading experts in their field, apply relational analyses to different areas of organization studies and provide a comprehensive review of the relational perspectives.

The book features empirical, theoretical, philosophical and methodological contributions from a wide spectrum of disciplinary perspectives on relationality in and around organizations. They explore areas such as:

• relational self and dynamic organizing
• social relational contexts and self-organizing inequality
• learning and knowledge creation
• stress and burnout
• identities in organizations
• trust and commitment in the market
• venturing as a relational process
• coordinating work through relationships of shared knowledge, shared goals and mutual respect
• relational approaches and social constructionism
• relational methods in organization studies
• relational cohesion model of organizational commitment
• interorganizational cooperation between non-profit organizations.

Filling a gap in the organizational studies literature, the truly relational approach to the study of organizational behaviours and processes in this highly original research companion will be invaluable to academics, students and researchers with an interest in organizational studies.
‘This book seems long overdue and, as its title, A Research Companion, promises, it will prove to be just that for any serious scholar doing work in organization studies. The book will be particularly useful for those studying issues of identity and inequality, power and hierarchical control in organizations, discourses of relationality, new organizational structures, the role of relationships in organizational commitment, trust and learning, and organizational change entrepreneurship, creativity, and networks – novices and seasoned researches alike. It is possible that organization studies scholars will never do research in the same way they used to after reading this book.’
– Alexia Panayiotou, Academy of Management Review

‘The book is undoubtedly a scholarly addition to the field of organizational studies, and potentially one of many efforts that will help take the field to the next level’
– Mallika Banerjee, Work, Employment and Society
Contributors: B.E. Ashforth, M.T. Ayvaz, J. Battilana, L.A. Costanzo, M.D. Gorman, J. Hoffer Gittell, D.M. Hosking, M. Karatas-Özkan, O. Kyriakidou, E.J. Lawler, A. Malach Pines, W.D. Murphy, M.F. Özbilgin, C.L. Ridgeway, Y. Sato, D.R. Schwandt, M. Sengul, D.M. Sluss, T.A. Wright, J. Yoon
Contents:
1. Introduction
Olivia Kyriakidou and Mustafa F. Özbilgin

2. Relational Identities in Organizations: Healthy versus Unhealthy
Blake E. Ashforth and David M. Sluss

3. Identity Orientation and Networking: A Relational Framework for Understanding Attitudes Toward Change Implementation
Olivia Kyriakidou

4. Relational Perspectives on Collective Learning and Knowledge Creation
David R. Schwandt, M. Turan Ayvaz and Margaret D. Gorman

5. Relational Coordination: Coordinating Work through Relationships of Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge and Mutual Respect
Jody Hoffer Gittell

6. Stress and Burnout: A Relational Perspective
Ayala Malach Pines

7. Venturing as a Relational Process
Mine Karatas-Özkan and William D. Murphy

8. Relational Cohesion Model of Organizational Commitment
Jeongkoo Yoon and Edward J. Lawler

9. Trust and Commitment in the Market
Yoshimichi Sato

10. Social Relational Contexts and Self-Organizing Inequality
Cecilia L. Ridgeway

11. Interorganizational Cooperation between Not-for-Profit Organizations: A Relational Analysis
Julie Battilana and Metin Sengul

12. Knowledge Integration in Turbulent Environments: A Relational Perspective
Laura A. Costanzo

13. Relational Methods in Organization Studies: A Review of the Field
Mustafa F. Özbilgin

14. Discourses of Relations and Relational Processes
Dian Marie Hosking

15. Toward the Development of a Truly Relational Approach to the Study of Organizational Behaviors: Further Consideration of the Committed-to-Participant Research Perspective
Thomas A. Wright

16. Conclusions
Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Olivia Kyriakidou

Index