Paul Adler

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199535231
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C


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The field of organization studies has become well established in both sociology departments and professional schools, most notably in business schools. However, in the course of this institutionalization, the field has progressively lost contact with its founding writers. The classics, this volume argues, serve both as a source of specific insights and also as encouragement for broader aspirations. This Introduction first explains why organization studies should reconnect with these classics, and then provides a sketch of the discussions in this book.

Keywords: organization studies; sociology; business schools; classic writings; organization research; institutionalization

Article.  7212 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business History

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