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Power and Organizations

  • Stewart R Clegg - University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • David Courpasson - Groupe ESC Lyon, EM Lyon, France
  • Nelson Phillips - Imperial College Business School, London, UK, Tanaka Business School, Imperial College, UK, Healthy Portsmouth, Portsmouth


June 2006 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This book offers a comprehensive genealogy of power and organizations. It outlines the complex tapestry of ideas, traditions of thought and empirical research, which constitute the 'state of the art' of this discipline. While the material may be complex, the authors have managed to explain key concepts in a clear and informal way that is richly illustrated with empirical examples. I would confidently expect this work to become the standard point of reference for any post-graduate wishing to engage in research on power and organizations."

- Mark Haugaard,
Professor of Sociology and Political Theory, National University of Ireland

"This book tirelessly illuminates the nooks and crannies of the power literature, where the lead author is frequently identified as an earlier visitor, taking readers on an audacious tour of power's multiple conceptualizations and expressions."

- Hugh Willmott,
Diageo Professor of Management Studies, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

'"Too often political and organiizational 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 

"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, in a book that is sure to become required reading in many sociology, political science, and business classes."

- Joanne Martin,
Merrill Professor of Organizational Behavior and, by courtesy, Sociology Stanford University Graduate School of Business Stanford, CA, USA 94305

"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

"Power and Organizations is a marvelous addition to the literature on both organizations and power, as well as their intersection. It is well-grounded in the research on these topics and especially the wide-range of relevant theorizing. In terms of the latter, it moves effortlessly between Weber, Parsons, Goffman, critical theory, ethnomethoodology, and much more. The book is terrific at bringing together theory, research and the world of organizations. In addition to being well-grounded, it is not only highly readable, but extremely interesting"

— George Ritzer, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland and author of The McDonalisation of Society

In this tour de force, authors Stewart R. 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.

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 will be required reading for graduate students and researchers in areas such as organization, social and political theory.

 
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Power to and Power over
 
The Foucault Effect
 
Critical Theories
 
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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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Stewart R. Clegg

Born in Bradford, England, Stewart Clegg was Reader at Griffith University (1976-84), Professor at the University of New England (1985-9), Professor at the University of St. Andrews (1990-3), Foundation Professor at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, (1993-6) before moving to UTS. He is Research Director of CMOS (Centre for Management and Organisation Studies) Research at UTS, and holds a small number of Visiting Professorships at prestigious European universities and research centres. He is one of the most published and cited authors in the top-tier journals in the Organization Studies field and the only Australian to be... More About Author

David Courpasson

David Courpasson is a Professor at EM-Lyon Business School, France and the Editor in Chief of Organization Studies More About Author

Nelson Phillips

Nelson Phillips is Professor of Strategy and Organizational Behaviour at Imperial College London. His research interests include various aspects of organization theory, technology strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, often studied from an institutional theory perspective. He also has an interest in discourse analysis and related textual research methods. He has published numerous academic articles and book chapters including articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization,... More About Author

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