New Publications: Two Handbooks of Interest to OOW Members

Paul Adler and colleagues have recently published a handbook that may be of interest to OOW members.  Additionally, an earlier handbook edited by Adler is now available in paperback. Both handbooks are listed below:

  • The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents, edited by Paul S. Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan, and Michael Reed
  • The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations, edited by Paul S. Adler

The table of contents for each handbook can be found below:


Edited by Paul S. Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan, and Michael Reed

Introduction: Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies, continuing entanglements, Paul Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan, and Mike Reed

European Influences: French and German Sociology and Social Theory

  1. Michel Foucault and the Administering of Lives, Andrea Mennicken and Peter Miller
  2. Bourdieu and organizational theory: A ghostly apparition?, Barbara Townley
  3. The Making of a Paradigm: Exploring the Potential of the Economy of Convention and Pragmatic Sociology of Critique, Alan Scott and Pier Paolo Pasqualino
  4. Bruno Latour: An Accidental Organization Theorist, Barbara Czarniawska
  5. A Theory of ‘Agencing’: on Michel Callon’s Contribution to Organizational Knowledge and Practice, Franck Cochoy
  6. Niklas Luhmann as Organization Theorist, David Seidl and Hannah Mormann
  7. Jurgen Habermas and Organization Studies – Contributions and Future Prospects,Andreas Rasche and Andreas Georg Scherer
  8. Bhaskar and Critical Realism, Steve Fleetwood
  9. The Comparative Analysis of Capitalism and the Study of Organizations, Glenn Morgan and Peer Hull Kristensen

Anglo-American Influences: American and British Sociology and Social Theory

  1. C. Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power, Edward Barratt
  2. Organizational Analysis: Goffman and Dramaturgy, Peter K. Manning
  3. Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology, Nick Llewellyn
  4. Rational Choice Theory and the Analysis of Organizations, Peter Abell
  5. Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations, Mitchel Y. Abolafia, Jennifer E. Dodge, and Stephen K. Jackson
  6. Risk, Social Theories and Organizations, Michael Power
  7. Arlie Hochschild, Emotion And Affect, Stephen Smith
  8. Discourse and Communication, Timothy R. Kuhn and Linda L. Putnam
  9. The Second Time Farce: Business School Ethicists and the Emergence of Bastard Rawlsianism, Richard Marens
  10. Hayek and Organizational Studies, Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein
  11. Social Movement Theory and Organization Studies, Klaus Weber and Brayden King
  12. What’s new in the ‘new, new economic sociology’ and should Organization Studies care?, Liz McFall and Jose Ossandon
  13. Critical Theory and Organization Studies, Edward Granter
  14. British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies: A Distinctive Contribution,Stephen Ackroyd
  15. Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory, Alistair Mutch
  16. Engendering the Organizational: Feminist Theorizing and Organization Studies, Marta B. Calas and Linda Smircich
  17. Organizational Studies and the Subjects of Imperialism, Raza Mir and Ali Mir
  18. Space and Organization Studies, Gibson Burrell and Karen Dale

Organizing Social Worlds: Sociology, Organization Studies and the ‘social’

  1. Organization Studies, Sociology and the Quest for a Public Organization Theory, Andre Spicer
  2. What Makes Organization? Organizational Theory as a ‘Practical Science’, Paul du Gay and Signe Vikkelso


Edited by Paul S. Adler

Part I: The Role of the Classics 

  1. Introduction: A Social Science which Forgets its Founders is Lost, Paul Adler
  2. The Value of the Classics, Patricia H. Thornton

Part II: European Perspectives 

  1. Tocqueville as a Pioneer in Organization Theory, Richard Swedburg
  2. Marx and Organization Studies Today, Paul Adler
  3. It’s Not Just for Communists any More: Marxian Political Economy and Organizational Theory, Richard Marens
  4. Weber:Sintering the Iron Cage: Translation, Domination, and Rationality, Stewart Clegg and Michael Lounsbury
  5. Max Weber and the Ethics of Office, Paul du Gay
  6. On Organizations and Oligarchies: Michels in 21st Century, Pamela S. Tolbert and Shon R. Hiatt
  7. How Durkheim’s Theory of Meaning-making Influenced Organizational Sociology, Frank Dobbin
  8. A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization, Paul Hirsch, Peer Fiss, and Amanda Hoel-Green
  9. Gabriel Tarde and Organization Theory, Barbara Czarniawska
  10. Georg Simmel: The Individual and the Organization, Alan Scott
  11. Types and Positions: The Significance of Georg Simmel’s Structural Theories for Organizational Behavior, Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Rakesh Khurana
  12. Schumpeter and the Organization of Entrepreneurship, Markus C. Becker and Thorbjorn Knudsen
  13. Norbert Elias’s Impact on Organization Studies, Ad van Iterson

Part III: American Perspectives 

  1. Thorstein Veblen and the Organization of the Capitalist Economy, Gary G. Hamilton and Misha Petrovic
  2. The Sociology of Race: The Contributions of W. E. B. Du Bois, Stella M. Nkomo
  3. Organizations and the Chicago School, Andrew Abbott
  4. After James on Identity, Arne Carlsen
  5. Reading Dewey: Some Implications for the Study of Routine, Michael D. Cohen
  6. Mary Parker Follett and Pragmatist Organization, Christopher Ansell
  7. Peopling Organizations: The Promise of Classic Symbolic Interactionism for an Inhabited Institutionalism, Tim Hallett, David Shulman, and Gary Alan Fine
  8. John R. Commons: Back to the Future of Organization Studies, Andrew Van de Ven and Arik Lifschitz
  9. The Problem of the Corporation: Liberalism and the Large Organization, Elisabeth S. Clemens
  10. Bureaucratic Theory and Intellectual Renewal in Contemporary Organization Studies, Michael Reed
  11. The Columbia School and the Study of Organizations: Why Organizations Have Lives of Their Own, Heather Haveman
  12. Parsons as an Organization Theorist, Charles Heckscher

Part IV: Afterword 

  1. Afterword: Sociological Classics and the Canon in the Study of Organizations, Gerald Davis and Mayer N. Zald

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