New Volume: Research in the Sociology of Organizations

This is the first volume of Research in the Sociology of Organizations that has come out under OOW sponsorship:

Series title: Research in the Sociology of Organizations

Volume number 47:  The Structuring of Work in Organizations

Editors:  Lisa E. Cohen, McGill University; M. Diane Burton, Cornell University; Michael Lounsbury, University of Alberta

Synopsis:  Differences in management behavior across organizations are attributed to differences in priorities and objectives or differences in the style and preferences of the individuals involved. This volume challenges this image by attending to the extra-organizational and extra-individual forces that shape and constrain how work is structured in organizations. The authors focus their attention on work within and between organizations and emphasize the ways in which the jobs are defined, the power and autonomy they engender, the opportunities that are afforded, and the constraints that are imposed, are continuously contested not only at the individual level, but also at a more aggregate and collective level. This volume is the product of an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars convened with generous support of the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council. It presents new theoretical and empirical papers that examine aspects of the changing nature of jobs and work in organizations from multiple perspectives and methodologies.


Introduction: Bringing Jobs Back In: Toward a New Multi-Level Approach to the Study of Work and Organizations  M. Diane Burton Lisa E. Cohen Michael Lounsbury (pp. 1 – 22)

  • Part I: Tasks and Jobs as Building Blocks

 Jobs as Gordian Knots: A New Perspective Linking Individuals, Tasks, Organizations, and InstitutionsLisa E. Cohen (pp. 25 – 59)

 Idiosyncratic Jobs, Organizational Transformation, and Career Mobility Anne S. Miner Olubukunola (Bukky) Akinsanmi (pp. 61 – 101)

 The Ideology of Silence at the Harvard Business School: Structuring Faculty’s Teaching Tasks for Moral Relativism Michel Anteby (pp. 103 – 121)

  • Part II: Occupational and Professional Boundaries

Compliance Police or Business Partner? Institutional Complexity and Occupational Tensions in Human Resource Management Kurt W. Sandholtz Tyler N. Burrows (pp. 161 – 191)

  • Part III: Structure as Constraint

Structure at Work: Organizational Forms and the Division of Labor in U.S. Wineries Heather A. Haveman Anand Swaminathan Eric B. Johnson (pp. 195 – 239)

It’s Not You, It’s Your Job: Network Evolution within Firms Jennifer Kurkoski (pp. 241 – 274)

Help Me Do It on My Own: How Entrepreneurs Manage Autonomy and Constraint within Incubator Organizations Victor P. Seidel Kelley A. Packalen Siobhan O’Mahony (pp. 275 – 307)

  • Part IV: Changing and Perpetuating Structures

Legal Avoidance and the Restructuring of Work Charlotte S. Alexander (pp. 311 – 331) 

Externalization of Work by Corporate Law Firms: Implications for Careers and the Profession Christine Riordan Paul Osterman (pp. 333 – 361)

Work as Commons: Internal Labor Markets, Blended Workforces and Management Arnaldo Camuffo Federica De Stefano (pp. 363 – 382)

From Adapting Practices to Inhabiting Ideas: How Managers Restructure Work across OrganizationsRuthanne Huising (pp. 383 – 413)

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