Debating Organization:Point-Counterpoint in Organization by Robert Westwood, Stewart Clegg

By Robert Westwood, Stewart Clegg

This quantity introduces readers to the significant debates of association experiences via a chain of 'point' and 'counterpoint' debates by means of significant figures within the box. Introduces readers to the important tensions and debates of association stories. Celebrates the efficient heterogeneity of the sphere via putting competing views facet through part. comprises contributions from significant figures within the box. based in an cutting edge 'point' and 'counterpoint' structure.

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Following from the discussion in the previous section, Boal, Hunt, and Jaros (chapter 3a) cite the philosophy of Russell and Moore to posit realist ontology in the classic sense of entities existing independently of our perception of them. They contrast this with subjectivism, symbolic or interpretive interactionism, social constructionism, and postmodernism. Like McKinley, they seek to distinguish between scientific realism and positivism – claiming that this allows them to include unobservable phenomena as real.

Who and what were excluded? There is no debate on organizational aesthetics, for example, or on sexuality and organizations, or on humor – all things we find fascinating. It is apparent that we were operating with some notion of what was more central and what more peripheral to the field, and also with some notion of what was contested and what was not. We were also, presumably, led to our selections in part by reflections of appeal and marketability. These are clearly political notions concerned with the power effects of inclusion and exclusion.

However, the politics of the field maintain SCOS and similar offshoots somewhat at the margin, and participation in SCOS and output related to it does not provide an entrée into the dominant institutional orthodoxy. Being pragmatically blunt: a presentation at a SCOS conference does not count for as much, in professional terms, as a presentation at an Academy of Management conference if one were seeking a post at a top US business school! We want to consider further some aspects of the politics of the discourse by examining two events that struck us as having resonance with the concerns of this book and by exploring, reflexively, aspects of the process by which the book came into being.

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