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Journal Cover Organization Studies
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     ISSN (Print) 0170-8406 - ISSN (Online) 1741-3044
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [737 journals]   [SJR: 1.632]   [H-I: 69]
  • Organization as Information - a Space Odyssey
    • Authors: Child, J; Ihrig, M, Merali, Y.
      Pages: 801 - 824
      Abstract: This Vita Contemplativa has been written in recognition of Max Boisot, who died in 2011. It reflects on his work and its contributions to organization studies and beyond. Boisot created a knowledge-based lens for studying complex organizational phenomena. He argued that the ways in which agents process information have fundamental implications for our understanding of groups and organizations within the emerging knowledge society. He articulated this argument with a set of elegant conceptual frameworks that have been widely used by scholars and practitioners to address the dynamics of information, knowledge and learning and the organization of social and scientific activity. We provide an overview of Boisot’s conceptual frameworks before reviewing the impact of his work in the organizational field, which included contemporary developments in China, the role of information in organizations, and more recently organizational complexity and the management of Big Science at CERN. Boisot’s analysis opens up a number of avenues for further development, which are also discussed.
      PubDate: 2014-05-19T05:44:35-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613515472|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613515472
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 6 (2014)
  • Pathways to Power: Class, Hyper-Agency and the French Corporate Elite
    • Authors: Maclean, M; Harvey, C, Kling, G.
      Pages: 825 - 855
      Abstract: This paper explores pathways to power from the perspective of the French corporate elite. It compares those who enter the ‘field of power’ with those who fail to reach this final tier. Adopting an innovative econometric approach, we develop and test three hypotheses. These underline the pivotal role of external networks and the strategic advantage of hyper-agency in maintaining power; and indicate that social origin remains a powerful driver in determining success. Birthright and meritocracy emerge as two competing institutional logics which influence life chances. Higher-status agents benefit from mutual recognition which enhances their likelihood of co-option to the extra-corporate networks that facilitate hyper-agency. The objectification of class-based differences conceals their arbitrary nature while institutionalizing the principles informing stratification. We re-connect class analysis with organizational theory, arguing that social origin exerts an enduring influence on selection dynamics which inform processes of hierarchical reproduction in the corporate elite and society at large.
      PubDate: 2014-05-19T05:44:35-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613509919|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613509919
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 6 (2014)
  • In the Loop: A Realist Approach to Structure and Agency in the Practice of
    • Authors: Herepath; A.
      Pages: 857 - 879
      Abstract: This paper introduces and illustrates a critical realist approach to the practice of strategy, combining Archer’s stratified ontology for structure, culture and agency with her work on reflexivity, to provide strategy-as-practice with an innovative theoretical lens. By maintaining the ontic differentiation between structure and agency this approach renders the conditions of action analytically separable from the action itself, thereby facilitating the examination of their interplay, one upon the other, at variance through time, in strategy formation and strategizing. It therefore offers the field a fruitful methodological means of exploring the increasingly complex empirical implications of some practice theoretical claims.
      PubDate: 2014-05-19T05:44:35-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613509918|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613509918
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 6 (2014)
  • The Supportive Factors of Firms' Collusive Behavior: Empirical Evidence
           from Cartels in the European Union
    • Authors: Bertrand, O; Lumineau, F, Fedorova, E.
      Pages: 881 - 908
      Abstract: While cartels can be highly detrimental to society and create important economic and social costs for different stakeholders, the literature on organization studies has focused very little on cartels to date. In particular, we still do not know much about firms’ reasons for taking part in cartels. In this study, we build on the rational choice perspective in organizational misconduct to investigate the conditions supporting firms’ collusive behavior. We organize our theoretical arguments around the factors related to motivation and opportunity. Using a sample of cartels in the European Union, our empirical analysis gives evidence for our main arguments: the propensity to participate to a cartel is supported not only by the characteristics of the firm, but also by internal factors interacting with the attributes of the environment in which the firm is embedded. Implications for firms and policy makers are discussed.
      PubDate: 2014-05-19T05:44:35-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613515471|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613515471
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 6 (2014)
  • The Temporality of Power and the Power of Temporality: Imaginary Future
           Selves in Professional Service Firms
    • Authors: Costas, J; Grey, C.
      Pages: 909 - 937
      Abstract: This paper extends existing understandings of power, resistance and subjectivity in professional service organizations by developing an analysis of how these relate to temporality. Drawing in particular on Hoy’s reading of the Foucauldian account of temporality, we conceive of disciplinary power regimes and resistance as inherently future-oriented, or, to use Ybema’s term, postalgic. In moving beyond the extant research focus on self-disciplined and/or counter-resistant professional selves, we draw attention to the imaginary future self as an employee response to disciplinary power. In contrast to the future orientation of disciplinary power, this response envisages the future as a discontinuous break with the present which we examine as a form of resistant postalgia. Building on in-depth qualitative data gathered at two professional service firms, we explain how imaginary future selves can shed new light on the interplay of power, resistance and subjectivity.
      PubDate: 2014-05-19T05:44:35-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840613502768|hwp:master-id:sposs;0170840613502768
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 6 (2014)
  • Book Review: Clare L. Stacey The Caring Self: The Work Experiences of Home
           Care Aides
    • Authors: Flower; L.
      Pages: 939 - 941
      PubDate: 2014-05-19T05:44:35-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840614526678|hwp:resource-id:sposs;35/6/939
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 6 (2014)
  • Book Review: Nancy Harding On Being at Work: The Social Construction of
           the Employee
    • Authors: Grey; C.
      Pages: 942 - 943
      PubDate: 2014-05-19T05:44:35-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840614526679|hwp:resource-id:sposs;35/6/942
      Issue No: Vol. 35, No. 6 (2014)
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