The Civilized Organization

Norbert Elias and the future of organization studies

Ad van Iterson | University of Maastricht
Willem Mastenbroek | Free University of Amsterdam
Tim Newton | University of Exeter
Dennis Smith | Loughborough University
ISBN 9789027233080 (Eur) | EUR 90.00
ISBN 9781588112774 (USA) | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027233097 (Eur) | EUR 55.00
ISBN 9781588112781 (USA) | USD 83.00
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This book brings a major new resource to organization studies: the work of Norbert Elias. By applying his ideas in a critical but sympathetic way, the authors provide a new perspective on the never-ending stream of management fads and fashions. Standing back and taking a more detached perspective, inspired by the work of Norbert Elias (1897-1990), it becomes clear that many 'new' types of organizations are often variations on an old theme.
Elias gives us considerable purchase on current debates through his emphasis on long-term historical perspectives, his highlighting of issues of power, emotion and subjectivity, his interweaving of analysis at the level of the state, the organization, groups, and individuals, his alternative 'take' on issues of agency and structure, and his relevance to a wide range of current organization theories.
The contributions show the current relevance of Elias's work in numerous fields of organizational analysis such as the sociology of finance and markets, the comparative and cross-cultural study of organization, comparative management development, organizational meetings, organizational boundaries, gossip and privacy in organizations, emotion in organizations, and the significance of humiliation within organizations.
It is, indeed, "time for Elias"!
[Advances in Organization Studies, 10] 2002.  xxviii, 252 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Main BIC Subject

KJM: Management & management techniques

Main BISAC Subject

BUS085000: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
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