Theory and Method in Organization Studies: Paradigms and Choices

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SAGE, May 28, 2000 - Business & Economics - 233 pages
In this introduction to theory and method, students of organization will find a comprehensive view of the key theories in their field, combined with a toolkit of guidelines linking these to the different methods available for analyzing and interpreting organizational life.

Distinguishing `the external society' and the `internal society', Antonio Strati sheds light on the different contexts that shape organizational life and the different levels of analysis that may be used. By showing the many levels at which organizations function and can be understood this book provides an invaluable introduction to analysis and research for advanced students. Recent concepts such as `the organization as hypertext'; `communities of practi

 

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Contents

Externalsociety and internalsociety
4
Organizational networks and organizations
16
Organizations as Social Contexts
28
Further reading
62
Weaving the Organization Together
64
The concept of texture of organizing
75
Further reading
82
Courses of action and the negotiated order
94
RESEARCH AND METHODS
133
Interviews and conversations
142
Simulations of organizational life
153
Beliefs labels and habits in methodological controversies
160
The measures of strong relations among
169
Further reading
182
Producing text
191
Interpretation as decisionmaking
201

Thematic Continuities and New Insights
104
Emerging themes
115
The social construction of the study of organizations
127

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About the author (2000)

Antonio Strati is the author of Organization and Aesthetics (Sage, 1999). He s a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology at the University

of Trento, Italy, and he also lectures at the University of Siena.

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