Debating Organization: Point-Counterpoint in Organization Studies, Part 10

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Robert Westwood, Stewart Clegg
Wiley, May 7, 2003 - Business & Economics - 424 pages
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Since the publication of Burrell and Morganís Sociological Paradigms and Organization Theory in 1979, organization studies has been the site of lively debate, centered on significant 'paradigm differences' between theorists who take divergent positions on a range of important research issues. In this volume, major figures in the field articulate these opposing arguments in an innovative 'point' and 'counterpoint' structure. Leading exponents of different theories, including Bill McKelvey, Karl E. Weick, Barbara Czarniawska, Roderick M. Kramer and Lex Donaldson, present their case in counterpoint to their adversaries, challenging readers to engage in the dialogue. The arguments are signposted in an introduction by the editors, who are acclaimed academics in their own right.


The volume as a whole serves as an original and timely introduction to the central tensions and debates in organization studies, while its multifaceted approach celebrates the productive heterogeneity of the field.

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Robert Westwood is Reader/Associate Professor at the University of Queensland Business School. He is the co-editor of The Language of Organization (2001), Hong Kong Management and Labour: Continuity and Change (1999) and the editor of Organizational Behaviour: Southeast Asian Perspectives (1992). Westwood is also an associate editor of the journal Culture and Organisation and on the editorial board of Organization Studies.


Stewart Clegg is Professor of Management at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the author or editor of many books, including Frameworks of Power (1989), Modern Organizations (1990) and the Handbook of Organization Studies (1996), which won the George R. Terry Book Award of the American Academy of Management for 'most outstanding contribution to management knowledge' in 1997.

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