The Civilized Organization
Norbert Elias and the future of organization studies
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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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Table of Contents
Introduction: Norbert Elias and the civilized organizationTim Newton and Dennis Smith | pp. vii–xxviii
Part I: Organizing Discourse | pp. 1–2
1. The development of meeting behaviour in modern organizations and the rise of an upper class of professional chairpersonsWilbert van Vree | pp. 3–24
2. Blame and praise gossip in organizations: Established, outsiders and the civilising processJoseph Soeters and Ad van Iterson | pp. 25–40
3. The humiliating organisation: The functions and dysfunctions of degradationDennis Smith | pp. 41–57
Part II: Negotiating Boundaries | pp. 59–60
4. About individual autonomy and the relational self: The performance of privacy in contemporary organizationsMarja Gastelaars | pp. 61–83
5. Figurational sociology, monopolization and corporate governanceRuud Stokvis | pp. 85–98
6. Boundary behaviour and organizational dynamicsTor Hernes | pp. 99–115
Part III: Crossing Cultures | pp. 117–118
7. From the socio-historical macro model to organizational behaviour: A comparative study of coordination in organisations in France and GermanyTatiana Globokar | pp. 119–130
8. The evolution of management theories in China: An Eliasian analysisStephen Chen | pp. 131–149
9. Cultivating Indian management: Institutions, subjectivity, and the nature of knowledgeNidhi Srinivas | pp. 151–169
Part IV: Theorizing Practice | pp. 171–172
10. Norbert Elias as organizational sociologistWillem Mastenbroek | pp. 173–188
11. Elias, organizatons and ecologyTim Newton | pp. 189–204
12. Management and organization: Does Elias give us something to hold on to?Willem Mastenbroek | pp. 205–218
Notes | pp. 219–224
Index | pp. 247–255
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KJM: Management & management techniques
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BUS085000: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior