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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies

ISBN 9780415702867
Published November 16, 2015 by Routledge
648 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies provides a wide-ranging overview of the significance of philosophy in organizations. The volume brings together a veritable "who’s-who" of scholars that are acclaimed international experts in their specialist subject within organizational studies and philosophy.

The contributions to this collection are grouped into three distinct sections:

  • Foundations - exploring philosophical building blocks with which organizational researchers need to become familiar.
  • Theories - representing some of the dominant traditions in organizational studies, and how they are dealt with philosophically.
  • Topics – examining the issues, themes and topics relevant to understanding how philosophy infuses organization studies.

Primarily aimed at students and academics associated with business schools and organizational research, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies is a valuable reference source for anyone engaged in this field.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Philosophy in Organization Studies: Life, knowledge and disruption (Raza Mir, Hugh Willmott & Michelle GreenwoodPart I: Foundations  1. Ontology: Philosophical discussions and implications for organization studies (Ismaël Al-Amoudi & Joe O’Mahoney)  2. Epistemology: Philosophical foundations and organizational controversies (Andreas Georg Scherer, Elisabeth Does, & Emilio Marti)  3. Ethical Philosophy, Organisation Studies, and Good Suspicions (Edward Wray-Bliss)  4. Methodology: Philosophical underpinnings and their implications (Joanne Duberley And Phil JohnsonPart II: Theories  5. Discourse as organisational and practical philosophy (Rick Iedema)  6. Feminist Organization Theories: Islands of treasure (Yvonne Benschop & Mieke Verloo)  7. Hermeneutics in Organization Studies (Michael D. Myers)  8. Institutional Theory: Reflections on ontology (Tim Edwards)  9. Marxism: A philosophical analysis of class conflict (Richard Marens & Raza Mir)  10. Postcolonial Theory: Speaking back to empire (Gavin Jack)  11. Poststructuralist Theory: Thinking organization otherwise (Stephen Linstead)  12. Practice Theory: What it is, its philosophical base, and what it offers organization studies (Jörgen Sandberg & Haridimos Tsoukas)  13. Pragmatism and Organization Studies (Bidhan L. Parmar, Robert Phillips, & R. Edward Freeman)  14. Psychoanalysis and the Study of Organization (Yiannis Gabriel)  15. Queer Theory (Nick Rumens & Melissa Tyler)  16. Structuration Theory: Philosophical stance and significance for organisational research (Matthew JonesPart III: Special Topics  17. Aesthetics & Design: An epistemology of the unseen (Antonio Strati)  18. Ageing: The lived experience of growing up and older in organizations (Kathleen Riach)  19. Agency at the Intersection of Philosophy and Social Theory (Tracy Wilcox)  20. Corpus Igitur Ego Sum: Philosophical paradigms and body politics in organization studies (Torkild Thanem)  21. Brands: Critical and managerial perspectives (Adam Arvidsson)  22. Capital as a Neglected, yet Essential, Topic for Organization Studies (Harry J. Van Buren Iii)  23. Commodification and Consumption (Douglas Brownlie)  24. Commons and Organization: Potentiality and expropriation (Casper Hoedemaekers)  25. Conflict Theorising in Organisation Theory: A political philosophical reading (Alessia Contu)  26. Control: Philosophical reflections on the organizational limits to autonomy (Graham Sewell)  27. Corporation: Reification of the corporate form (Jeroen Veldman)  28. Debt For All: Towards a critical examination of organizational roles in debt practices and financialization (Suhaib Riaz)  29. Decision-Making: Coping with madness beyond reason (Peter Edward)  30. Democracy: Philosophical disputes and organizational governance (Phil Johnson & Joanne Duberley)  31. Diversity Studies: The contribution of black philosophers (Elaine Swan)  32. Environment, Extractivism and the Delusions of Nature as Capital (Steffen Böhm & Maria Ceci Misoczky)  33. Finance: Finding a philosophical fit? (Geoff Lightfoot And David Harvie)  34. Globalization and the Rise of the Multinational Corporation (Guido Palazzo)  35. Governance: Changing conceptions of the corporation (Andre Spicer And Bobby Banerjee)  36. Historiography and the "Historic Turn" in Organization Theory (Michael Rowlinson)  37. Humour and Organization (Nick Butler)  38. Identity and Philosophy in Organizations: A Femini[St]Ne blind spot (Kate Kenny & Nancy Harding)  39. Inequality and Organizations (Hari Bapuji & Sandeep Mishra)  40. Justice: Re-membering the other in organizations (Carl Rhodes)  41. Leadership: Philosophical contributions and critiques (Jonathan Gosling & Peter Case)  42. Measurement and Statistics in ‘Organization Science’: Philosophical, sociological, and historical perspectives (Michael J. Zyphur, Dean C. Pierides & Jon Roffe)  43. Needs and Organizations: The case for the philosophical turn (Cristina Neesham)  44. Organization and Philosophy: Vision and division (Martin Parker)  45. Paradigms, the Philosophy of Science and Organization Studies (John Hassard)  46. Performativity: Towards a performative turn in organizational studies (Jean-Pascal Gond & Laure Cabantous)  47. Power and Organizations: A brief but critical genealogy (Stewart Clegg)  48. Quantification as a Philosophical Act (Amit Nigam & Diana Trujillo)  49. Rituals in Organizations: Rupture, repetition, and the institutional event (Gazi Islam)  50. Two Tales About Resistance: Management and philosophy (Carl Cederstrröm)  51. Spirituality, Religion and Organization (Emma Bell & Scott Taylor)  52. Strategy, Power and Practice (David L. Levy)  53. Trust: Foundations and critical reflections (Reinhard Bachmann)  54. Value: An inquiry into relations, forms and struggles (Craig Prichard)  55. Visual: Looking at organization (Samantha Warren)  56. Work: The philosophical limits of an idea in the neoliberal age (Peter Fleming)

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Raza Mir is a Professor of Management at William Paterson University, USA. He currently serves as the Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management.

Hugh Willmott is the Professor of Management, Cass Business School, City University, London and Research Professor of Organization Studies, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK. He is currently an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Review.

Michelle Greenwood is Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics at Monash University, Australia. She currently serves as an Associate Editor at Business & Society and Journal of Business Ethics.


‘This is an inspired collection that revitalizes and re-imagines philosophical engagement in organization studies. I would challenge anyone to come away from reading it without being surprised, challenged, and stimulated.’ - Andrew Crane, George R. Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics, York University, Canada

‘Mir, Willmott and Greenwood have assembled leading scholars to provide a much needed in-depth exploration of the philosophical foundations of organization studies. It is an essential read for students and academics who want to understand how philosophy is elemental to the field.’ - Stella Nkomo, University of Pretoria, South Africa

‘One might ask why philosophy should play any role in conducting research in organization studies. This new and beautifully orchestrated collection reflects most facets of organizational life, and includes topics ranging from the philosophical foundations of organizational studies to the reality of inequality in organizations. As one reads through the collection, however, one understands why the question could never be whether philosophy should play a role, but given the many roles it does play, covertly and overtly, whether those roles deserve examination. The talented and well-respected editors of this volume make clear that the answer is "yes." - Thomas Donaldson, University of Pennsylvania, USA

'The collection of topics, the extent of coverage, and the theoretical reach in this text are clear indications of a substantial scholarly achievement in this new text. The book is intended to provide a reference for students and academics, and it is likely to have relevance and a useful shelf life akin to, for example, the major Handbooks in micro- and macro-organizational behavior...  there can be no question that this text is a highly valuable contribution to the scholarship in the field of OS.' - K Peter Kuchinke, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA, Management Learning