The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations

ISBN : 9780199593811

Paul S. Adler
704 ページ
174 x 247 mm
Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Organizations are a defining feature of the modern world, and the study of organizations (organization studies) has become well established in both sociology departments and professional schools, most notably business and management schools. Organization studies has long drawn inspiration from foundational work in sociology. In particular, "classical" works in sociology have long energized organizational research, primarily by suggesting ways of making sense of the ever-accelerating pace of social change. In recent decades, however, the field has lost interest in these sociology classics. This trend reflects and reinforces an increasingly academic focus of contempory organization studies. Not only does this trend weaken organization studies' engagement with the big social issues of our time, but it isolates the field from the broader field of the social sciences. The aim of this Handbook is to re-assert the importance of classical sociology to the future of organization studies. Alongside several thematic chapters, the volume includes chapters on each of nearly two dozen major European and American theorists, each of these chapter addressing: (a) the ideas and their context, (b) the impact of these ideas on the field of organization studies, and (c) the potential future research these ideas might inspire. The goal is not reverential exegesis, but rather to examine how the classics can energize organizational research. This wide-ranging Handbook, with contributions from leading American and European scholars, will be a vital, informative, and stimulating resource for anybody undertaking research in, teaching, or interested in learning more about organization studies today.


1. Introduction: A Social Science which Forgets its Founders is Lost
2. The Value of the Classics
3. Tocqueville as a Pioneer in Organization Theory
4. Marx and Organization Studies Today
5. It's Not Just for Communists any More: Marxian Political Economy and Organizational Theory
6. Weber:Sintering the Iron Cage: Translation, Domination, and Rationality
7. Max Weber and the Ethics of Office
8. On Organizations and Oligarchies: Michels in 21st Century
9. How Durkheim's Theory of Meaning-making Influenced Organizational Sociology
10. A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization
11. Gabriel Tarde and Organization Theory
12. Georg Simmel: The Individual and the Organization
13. Types and Positions: The Significance of Georg Simmel's Structural Theories for Organizational Behavior
14. Schumpeter and the Organization of Entrepreneurship
15. Norbert Elias's Impact on Organization Studies
16. Thorstein Veblen and the Organization of the Capitalist Economy
17. The Sociology of Race: The Contributions of W. E. B. Du Bois
18. Organizations and the Chicago School
19. After James on Identity
20. Reading Dewey: Some Implications for the Study of Routine
21. Mary Parker Follett and Pragmatist Organization
22. Peopling Organizations: The Promise of Classic Symbolic Interactionism for an Inhabited Institutionalism
23. John R. Commons: Back to the Future of Organization Studies
24. The Problem of the Corporation: Liberalism and the Large Organization
25. Bureaucratic Theory and Intellectual Renewal in Contemporary Organization Studies
26. The Columbia School and the Study of Organizations: Why Organizations Have Lives of Their Own
27. Parsons as an Organization Theorist
28. Afterword: Sociological Classics and the Canon in the Study of Organizations


Professor Adler began his education in Australia and moved to France in 1974. He received his doctorate in economics and management there while working as a Research Economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University, the Harvard Business School, and Stanford's School of Engineering. His research and teaching focus on organization theory and design, strategic management and human resource management in R&D, engineering, software, healthcare, and manufacturing operations. He has served as chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division and the Critical Management Studies Interest Group of the Academy of Management, and he has published widely in academic and managerial journals both in the U.S. and overseas. His most recent book was The Firm as a Collaborative Community: Reconstructing Trust in the Knowledge Economy (OUP, 2006).