Philosophical Organization Theory

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When it comes to the field of organization and management theory, a philosophical perspective enables us to conduct organizational research imbued with the attitude of 'wonder'; it helps researchers question dominant images of thought underlying mainstream thinking, and provides fresh distinctions that enable the development of new theory. In bringing together a collection of key essays by Haridimos Tsoukas, this volume explores fundamental concepts, such asorganizational routine, that have gained currency in the field, as well as revisiting traditional concepts such as change, strategy, and organization. It discusses organizational knowledge, judgment, and reflection-in-action, and, at the meta-theoretical level, suggests complex forms of theorizing that dojustice to the complexity of organizations.The conceptual attention throughout is on process and practice, underlain by performative phenomenology and an emphasis on agents' lived experience. This provides us with the language to appreciate the dynamic character of organizational behaviour, the embeddedness of action, and the complexity of organizational life. The theoretical claims presented in this volume have important implications for practice, insofar as they help retrain our attention; from seeing structures and individuals, wecan now appreciate processes, experiences, and practices. A phenomenological attitude makes organization theory more open, more creative, and more reflexive, and this book will be essential reading for researchers and students in the field of organization studies.
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ISBN-13: 9780198794547
ISBN-10: 0198794541
Pagini: 496
Dimensiuni: 165 x 241 x 35 mm
Greutate: 1.06 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Hari Tsoukas has emerged as one of the leading scholars of organizational process. Bringing together 16 articles published over approximately a decade, this useful collection shows the development of Tsoukas' thinking as a process scholar and introduces us to the philosophical perspectives and empirical studies that have informed that development.
Over decades, Hari Tsoukas' publications have provided an essential philosophical underpinning to much of the current work in organization theory. I have long drawn on his clear and compelling philosophical insights to inform my own work and am delighted to see this collection of his papers brought together so that we may draw upon them as a corpus of work to further inform developments in organization theory.
Hari Tsoukas has a unique talent for capturing complex philosophical ideas, and bringing them to bear on the challenges that practitioners and researchers face in acting in or understanding organizational settings. He does this in a highly accessible and readable way that enriches our understanding and helps us see the subtlety and value of philosophy to organization theory. It is wonderful to see Tsoukas' insightful body of work (inspired by ideas from Aristotle,Bergson, Castoriadis, Heidegger, Whitehead, Wittgenstein and many others) brought together in a single collection.
As much as anyone recently, Hari Tsoukas has shown how philosophy is not just relevant to but invaluable for organizational and management theory. This insightful and timely volume features prominent essays of his from the past decade that engage philosophy in an attempt to better understand organizational phenomena. Collectively, they bear witness to the philosophical dimensions of organization and management theory while richly articulating Tsoukas' own uniqueperformative phenomenology that combines phenomenological, process theoretical, and Wittgensteinian ideas.

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Haridimos Tsoukas is the Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Cyprus, and a Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Organization Studies (2003-2008), is a co-founder and co-convener of the annual International Symposium on Process Organization, and co-editor of the Perspectives on ProcessOrganization Studies. He is an Honorary Member of the European Group of Organization Studies and a recipient of the Joan Martin Trailblazer Award from the OMT Division of the American Academy of Management (2016). He is interested in, among other things, practical reason and the epistemology of practice, and applyingprocess and phenomenological perspectives to organization theory.