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Power and Organizations



June 2006 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A marvelous addition to the literature on both organizations and power. It is well-grounded in the research on these topics and especially the wide-range of relevant theorizing... The book is terrific at bringing together theory, research and the world of organizations."
- George Ritzer, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland

"This book tirelessly illuminates the nooks and crannies of the power literature...taking readers on an audacious tour of power's multiple conceptualizations and expressions."
- Hugh Willmott, Diageo Professor of Management Studies, University of Cambridge

"Clegg and his associates expose the power dynamics that lie at the heart of all political and organizational arenas, and in so doing, they shed light on the underbelly along with the creative potentialities in organizational life."
-Joyce Rothschild, Professor of Sociology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

"Strange but true - most studies of organizational hierarchies downplay the issue of power or uncritically assume more is better, while ignoring its pernicious effects. Stewart Clegg, David Courpasson and Nelson Phillips set the record straight."
- Joanne Martin, Merrill Professor of Organizational Behavior and, by courtesy, Sociology Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford

In this tour de force, Stewart Clegg, David Courpasson and Nelson Phillips provide a comprehensive account of power and organizations, unlocking power as the central relation of modern organizations and society. The authors present an excellent synthesis of organization, social and political theory to offer an overview of power and organizations that is historically informed, addresses current issues and is comprehensive in scope.

Power and Organizations reviews the evolution of theories on power and organization, presenting not only the theorists who identify power as positive, but also dealing with the negativity of power and the real horror of which organizations are capable, which has thus far been underplayed in organization theory. At the core of organizational power projects are organizational elites, whose politics and projects are examined extensively in the book. The book concludes by examining the implications for organizations and their elites of the trends, tendencies, and theories considered in the course of the book.

This book is required reading for graduate students and researchers in areas such as organizational, social and political theory.

 
Fixing the Institutionalization of Theory and Practice
 
Power and Efficiency
 
Body, Soul, and Mind
 
The Curious Case of Max Weber
 
The Rational System and Its Irrational Other
 
The Heart of Darkness
 
Power to and Power over
 
The Foucault Effect
 
Critical Theories
 
Discursive Theories
 
Power and Organizational Forms
 
Corporate Power Elites
 
The Futures of Power?

"Too often political and organizational theorists have taken separate paths, addressing themselves to different problems and audiences. No more. In Power and Organizations Clegg and his associates expose the power dynamics that lie at the heart of all political and organizational arenas, and in so doing, they shed light on the underbelly along with the creative potentialities in organizational life. This book is must reading for students of organizational and political theory who are eager to unite our understanding of how power operates in all contexts"

Joyce Rothschild
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

"Power is a core concept in organization theory and the social sciences more broadly, yet it is missing from many contemporary debates. This book places the study of power where it belongs: at the forefront of our concerns as organizational researchers. Engagingly written, impressive in scope, and with a clear view of what power means, this book will command a wide audience."

Royston Greenwood
University of Alberta, Canada

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