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The Future of Organization Theory: Prospects and Limitations

Gibson Burrell

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/9780199275250.003.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 The Future of Organization Theory: Prospects and Limitations

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Organization theory is largely about management in many of its guises and how this intermediate group relates to both its hierarchical superiors and its subordinates. It involves the careful investigation and critique of knowledge about management that has been developed by a community of scholars, where management is seen as a middle-ranking social grouping within organizational contexts and it is only understood in terms of its relations to its superiors and subordinates. This article talks about the new epistemological and methodological orientations that are to be adopted. The question of what interrelationships within organization theory needs to be rephrased to include the encouragement of neo-disciplinarity, the involvement of the young in the dissemination and creation of newly published material, and closer connections of a non-exploitative kind with other social science disciplines.

Keywords: organization theory; management; hierarchical superiors; subordinates; social science disciplines

Article.  5109 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Research Methods

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