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Actors and Institutions

Gregory Jackson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis

April 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 10722 words.

A distinguishing feature of comparative institutional analysis is the emphasis on understanding actors and actor constellations. Institutional analysis is concerned with processes of...

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The Agency/Structure Dilemma in Organization Theory: Open Doors and Brick Walls

Michael Reed.

in The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory

March 2005; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 8600 words.

This article reviews and assesses the various ways in which the agency/structure dilemma has been dealt with in organization theory. It identifies three major ‘moves’ for attempting to...

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Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory

Alistair Mutch.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies

October 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 8889 words.

Anthony Giddens is one of the most widely cited social theorists in organization studies, but the focus in this chapter is on only a small part of his voluminous output. It considers the...

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Arlie Russell Hochschild

Stephen Smith.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies

October 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 9362 words.

This chapter reviews the contribution of Hochschild to organization studies. Hochschild’s analysis of emotional work and emotional labour has opened up new directions in the analysis of...

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Beyond Comparative Statics: Historical Institutional Approaches to Stability and Change In the Political Economy of Labor

Kathleen Thelen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis

April 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 9371 words.

This article considers the challenges confronting students of political economy in the contemporary period, which can be characterized as the task of moving from the analysis of comparative...

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Bhaskar and Critical Realism

Steve Fleetwood.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies

October 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 14933 words.

The first part of this chapter shows how critical realism moved from the work of philosopher Roy Bhaskar, to sociology, and social theory and from there to organization studies. While...

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Boards and Governance

Annie Pye.

in The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Governance

March 2013; p ublished online July 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 11779 words.

This chapter presents some perceptions from the development of board processes in large companies over the last 25 years. It studies a series of three ESRC-funded studies about the people...

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Bourdieu and Organizational Theory

Barbara Townley.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies

October 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 12401 words.

This chapter argues that although little cited in organization studies, Bourdieu’s central concepts have underpinned many areas of interest in the organizational arena. After a brief...

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British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies

Stephen Ackroyd.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies

October 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 13092 words.

This chapter considers the development of industrial sociology in Britain since the Second World War and its contribution to the study of organizations. It is suggested that there have been...

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Bruno Latour

Barbara Czarniawska.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies

October 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Business and Management; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Research Methods. 9057 words.

This chapter explores the work of Bruno Latour and its impact on organization theory. Latour’s research is truly transdisciplinary. He combines philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history,...

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