The Agency of Organizing: Perspectives and Case Studies (Paperback) book cover

The Agency of Organizing

Perspectives and Case Studies

Edited by Boris H. J. M. Brummans

© 2018 – Routledge

240 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138655218
pub: 2017-09-19
$49.95
x
Hardback: 9781138655201
pub: 2017-09-14
$200.00
x
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315622514
pub: 2017-09-13
from $49.95
$44.96


FREE Standard Shipping!
e–Inspection Copy

Description

The Agency of Organizing explains why the notion of agency is central to understanding what organizations are, how they come into existence, continue to exist, or fade away, and how they function. Written by leading organizational communication scholars, the chapters in this edited volume present seven different theoretical perspectives on agency in the dynamics of organizing. Authors discuss how they conceptualize agency from their own perspective and how they propose to investigate agency empirically in processes of organizing by using specific methods. Through insightful case studies, they demonstrate the value of these perspectives for organizational research and practice.

Reviews

"This book presents an exciting and diverse set of approaches to agency. If we understand agency as ‘making a difference’ in the way situations unfold, this volume will certainly have agency in stimulating and shaping new lines of research in the field of organizational communication."

-Lars Thøger Christensen, Professor of Communication and Organization, Department of Management, Society and Communication, Copenhagen Business School

"This is a wonderfully edited volume of thought-provoking essays on the topic of agency in and around organizations. For some time, some of the best theorizing in organization studies has in my view been coming from the organizational communication field, and here once again the leading figures in this tradition unpack, challenge, critique, and extend established notions of agency and agency theory within management and organizational research. They push and refine our thinking on agency in many ways. If you have an interest in understanding organizations and organizational life, you simply must read this collection!"

-Joep Cornelissen, Professor of Corporate Communication and Management, Erasmus University and Associate Editor, Academy of Management Review

"Do we make our own future or are we pawns set in motion by forces we cannot control? This is an age-old question to be sure. Many of the most popular theoretical perspectives that have emerged over the past several decades to confront it have suggested that the answer is, 'both.' Clearly, that is not a very satisfactory answer. The contributors to this book dive deep into discussions of agency to begin mapping out new ways to understand our capacity to act – which often happens in conjunction with a network of other actors. Together, these insightful chapters provide us new ways to understand these old questions in an era of rapid change."

-Paul Leonardi, Duca Family Professor of Technology Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword: Theorizing Agency by Making the Implicit Explicit

Linda L. Putnam

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Perspectives on the Agency of Organizing

Boris H. J. M. Brummans

2. The Distribution of Decision Rights at ICANN: A Luhmannian Perspective on Agency

Steffen Blaschke

3. Being Able to Act Otherwise: The Role of Agency in the Four Flows at 2-1-1 and Beyond

Joel O. Iverson, Robert D. McPhee, and Cade W. Spaulding

4. Agency in Structurational Divergence and Convergence: Insights from Nursing

Anne M. Nicotera

5. Targeting Alex: Brand as Agent in Communicative Capitalism

Dennis K. Mumby

6. Releasing/Translating Agency: A Postcolonial Disruption of the Master’s Voice among Liberian Market Women

Kirsten J. Broadfoot, Debashish Munshi, and Joëlle Cruz

7. Acting For, With, and Through: A Relational Perspective on Agency in MSF’s Organizing

François Cooren

8. Agential Encounters: Performativity and Affect Meet Communication in the Bathroom

Karen Lee Ashcraft and Timothy R. Kuhn

9. Conclusion: Further Theoretical and Practical Reflections on Agency

George Cheney and Dean Ritz

About the Contributors

Index

About the Editor

Boris H. J. M. Brummans (PhD, Texas A&M University) is an Associate Professor in the Département de Communication at the Université de Montréal in Canada. His research interests include agency, the communicative constitution of organizations, mindful organizing, organizational conflict, and organizational ethnography. He has contributed chapters to several edited books and his articles appear in international peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Relations, Information, Communication & Society, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and Qualitative Inquiry. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Management Communication Quarterly.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies