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For Formal Organization: The Past in the Present and Future of Organization Theory

Paul du Gay and Signe Vikkelsø


This book focuses on the state of organization theory, its purpose, object, and practical relevance. In recent years, disquiet has mounted within the field of organizational analysis, broadly defined, about the overly theoretical and a- or anti-organizational state of organization theory and its consequent lack of practical purchase, not least in the light of pressing economic, social, and political concerns that are often profoundly organizational in nature. The book argues that predominant contemporary modes of theorizing within the field, and in particular the stance associated with them, h ... More

Keywords: ethical seriousness, formal organization, practical rationality, practical science of organizing, reviving organization theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul du Gay, author
Professor at Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School and Academic Director of the CBS Public Private Platform

Signe Vikkelsø, author
Professor at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School