Modes of Explanation in Organization Theory

THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY, Haridimos Tsoukas, Christian Knudsen, eds., pp. 310-344, Oxford University Press, 2003

45 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2007 Last revised: 25 Oct 2013

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Andreas Georg Scherer

University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration

Abstract

Organization Theory (OT) is concerned with explaining the genesis, existence, functionality and the transformation of organizations, and by doing so, it is also concerned, either implicitly or explicitly, with influencing organizational practice. However, in their everyday life indi-viduals already have an intuitive understanding of how organizations work. OT knowledge differs from individuals' lay knowledge by its systematic and methodic characteristics. But whoever attends a lecture on OT or consults a textbook will be surprised that Organization Theory is not a unified set of knowledge. In fact there are many organizational theories in textbooks, scholarly journals etc., which are entirely different from each other.

Keywords: organization theory

Suggested Citation

Scherer, Andreas Georg, Modes of Explanation in Organization Theory. THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY, Haridimos Tsoukas, Christian Knudsen, eds., pp. 310-344, Oxford University Press, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=959421

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