Philosophy and Organization Theory

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Pub Ltd
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What is the relationship between philosophy and organization theory (OT)? While at first glance there might appear to be little, a closer look reveals a rich pattern of connections. More than any other type of human inquiry, philosophy helps make us self-aware of critical assumptions we tacitly incorporate in our organizational theorizing; it creates a deeper awareness of the "unconscious metaphysics" underpinning our efforts to understand organizations. There are at least three ways in which philosophical analysis is connected with organizational research: ontological, epistemological, and praxeological. To wonder about what the phenomena we investigate are constituted by, how we may obtain knowledge of them, and how that knowledge is related to action, is to begin to think philosophically about OT. Philosophical questions are higher-order questions - meta to OT as a scientific discipline; they are generated from outside the frameworks within which organizational scientists carry out their research practices. When the very frameworks of scientific inquiry, hitherto tacitly accepted for the practice of scientific research to be carried out, become questionable, philosophical reflection enters the scene. Philosophy keeps meaning open in a scientific field. Papers in this volume explore connections between several streams in philosophy and OT. As the titles of the papers suggest, most authors write about a particular philosopher or group of philosophers that make up a distinct school of thought, summarize important aspects of his/their work, and tease out the implications for OT. The central question authors explore is: 'what does a particular philosophy contribute to OT?' Either addressing this question in historical or exploratory terms, or in a combination of both, the end result is similar: particular philosophical issues, properly explained, are discussed in relation to important questions in OT.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. vii
Advisory Boardp. ix
Introduction: Why Philosophy Matters to Organization Theoryp. 1
Analytic Philosophy and Organization Theory: Philosophical Problems and Scientific Solutionsp. 23
Pragmatism: A Lived and Living Philosophy What Can it Offer to Contemporary Organization Theory?p. 55
Macintyre, Neo-Aristotelianism and Organization Theoryp. 85
Marxist Philosophy and Organization Studies: Marxist Contributions to the Understanding of Some Important Organizational Formsp. 123
Beyond Universalism and Relativism: Habermas's Contribution to Discourse Ethics and its Implications for Intercultural Ethics and Organization Theoryp. 155
Hermeneutic Philosophy and Organizational Theoryp. 181
Phenomenology and Organization Theoryp. 215
Organizing Derrida Organizing: Deconstruction and Organization Theoryp. 251
Thinking Becoming and Emergence: Process Philosophy and Organization Studiesp. 281
Theory as Therapy: Wittgensteinian Reminders for Reflective Theorizing in Organization and Management Theoryp. 311
Triangulating Philosophies of Science to Understand Complex Organizational and Managerial Problemsp. 343
Richard Rorty, Women, and the New Pragmatismp. 365
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