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Sociological Classics and the Canon in the Study of Organizations

Gerald F. Davis and Mayer N. Zald

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199535231
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199535231.003.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Sociological Classics and the Canon in the Study of Organizations

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This article states that a distinctive feature of many parts of sociology, including organizational sociology, is their impulse towards classicism, and their evident variations of the ancestors. The article summarizes the analysis that has been offered in this book. It concentrates on the influence of classic authors and asks questions about the contexts within which the classical texts came about and how such texts became known as ‘classics’. It also looks at canonical changes in the field. It analyses the reasons why studying the classics might help with the theorizing the contemporary transition away from a society of organizations. The analysis in this volume has presented a feast for reflection on the continuing relevance and sometimes irrelevance of past works, this article states. The classics and the canon evolve.

Keywords: organizational sociology; classic authors; classical texts; canon; society of organizations; societal context; organizational context

Article.  4961 words. 

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

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