Marx and Organization Studies Today

Paul Adler

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199535231
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Marx and Organization Studies Today

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Marx's analysis was not only astute in discerning capitalism's enduring features: it was also deeply critical. He documented and denounced capitalism's dark sides—its enormous human and environmental costs. More controversially, he claimed to have identified some fundamental features of capitalist development that would lead inevitably to capitalism's demise and its replacement by a superior form of society. This article aims to show the fruitfulness of Marx's original insights; it therefore addresses only some particularly important points of debate among Marxists. The article also discusses Marx's basic theory, its main uses in organization studies, and its dialogue with other theories.

Keywords: organization studies; Marx's theory; environmental costs; capitalism; human cost; form of society

Article.  12379 words. 

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

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