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Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies – Contributions and Future Prospects

Rasche, A./Scherer A.G. (2014): Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies: Contributions and Future Prospects, in: Adler, P./du Gay, P./Morgan, G./Reed, M. (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies. Oxford et al.: Oxford University Press, pp. 158-181.

35 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2014  

Andreas Rasche

Copenhagen Business School

Andreas Georg Scherer

University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration

Date Written: November 12, 2014

Abstract

This chapter discusses Jürgen Habermas’s contribution to social theory in general and organization studies in particular. Four pillars of Habermas’s thinking are highlighted: (1) his philosophy of language, (2) the resulting theory of communicative action, (3) his contribution to discourse ethics, and (4) his thoughts on deliberative democracy. The chapter discusses how these four pillars have been applied in the context of organization studies. The discussion shows how the scholarly debates on organizational communication, epistemology in organization theory, business ethics, and the political role of non-state actors have profited from Habermas’s theoretical ideas. The article also emphasizes that the application of his ideas remains limited in some areas, and that upcoming scholarly work could profit from better acknowledging his recent work on politics and law.

Keywords: Habermas, discourse ethics, deliberative democracy, business ethics, organisation studies, epistemology

Suggested Citation

Rasche, Andreas and Scherer, Andreas Georg, Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies – Contributions and Future Prospects (November 12, 2014). Rasche, A./Scherer A.G. (2014): Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies: Contributions and Future Prospects, in: Adler, P./du Gay, P./Morgan, G./Reed, M. (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies. Oxford et al.: Oxford University Press, pp. 158-181.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523495

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