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Introduction: The Need for Meta-theoretical Reflection in Organization Theory

Haridimos Tsoukas and Christian Knudsen

in The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199275250
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199275250.003.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Introduction: The Need for Meta-theoretical Reflection in Organization Theory

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This book provides a forum for leading scholars in organization theory (OT) to engage in meta-theoretical reflection on the historical development, present state, and future prospects of OT. It explores the status of OT as a social science discipline. It aims at reviewing and evaluating important epistemological developments in OT, especially issues related to the kinds of knowledge claims put forward in OT and the controversies surrounding the generation, validation, and utilization of such knowledge. This article provides a few words to clarify the term ‘organization theory’. Organization theory is seen as the academic field specializing in the study of organizational phenomena (both micro and macro) and for this reason OT is used here as a synonym for Organization Studies.

Keywords: organization theory; historical development; social science; epistemological developments; organizational phenomena

Article.  15706 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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