This book breaks new ground, departing from an emphasis on 'organisations' as social objects and moving towards a position of analysis which situates itself in the wider context of the late modernity. The contributors of this book acknowledge the impact of Robert Cooper on their own work and develop further his insistence that organisational analysis must be understood in terms of the rationalization of society as a whole.
Introduction Part I - Postmodern Knowing 1. Organizational Science in a Postmodern Context 2. Forms of Knowledge and Forms of Life in Organized Contexts 3. Order, Disorder and the Unmanageability of Boundaries in Organized Life 4. After Metanarrative: On knowing in Tension Part II - Logics of Organizing 5. From Bounded Systems to Interlocking Practices: Logics of Organizing 6. On the Rim of Reason 7. Utilities, Toys and Make-Believe: Remarks on the instrumental Experience 8. Negation and Impotence 9. Re-cognising the Other: Reflections on a 'New Sensibility'in Social and Organizational Studies Index