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Sociology of organisation, honourable and deferential

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stewart Clegg, Dr Dean PieridesORCiD


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In this essay, we draw the attention of scholars contributing to the broad field of organisation studies, especially that part of it that constitutes the sociology of organisations, to a problem regarding the maintenance of social order in practical intellectual life as a university employee. We direct our readers’ attention to the performance-related practices governing Business and Management scholars that are currently contributing to the most acute expression of this problem because they elaborate powerful individuating forces that undermine the existing social order, without putting forward any normative or positive commitment to what a different social order might be that would or should replace what was previously there. Our core concern is that this destructive tendency undermines the sociology of organisation as a legitimate form of social inquiry and ultimately undermines the capacity of organisational scholars to understand and improve social affairs.

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Author(s): Clegg SR, Pierides D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Studi di Sociologia

Year: 2019

Volume: 1

Pages: 93-104

Print publication date: 31/03/2019

Online publication date: 31/03/2019

Acceptance date: 12/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0039-291X

ISSN (electronic): 1827-7896

Publisher: Vita e Pensiero


DOI: 10.26350/000309_000054


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