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OT and power: The significance of value-orientations and a plea for pluralism

Willmott, Hugh 2013. OT and power: The significance of value-orientations and a plea for pluralism. Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry 11 (2) , pp. 53-66.

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Abstract

The paper advances two propositions. First, that organization theory (OT) comprises a heterogeneous body of knowledge which, in effect, is a history of the (on-going) power struggles that produce it. And, second, that OT harbours different concepts of power and associated value-orientations through which it is possible to interpret the diversity and development of OT. These propositions give priority to the politics and ethics of knowledge production, and not differences of ontology, epistemology or levels of analysis. Its pluralist stance accommodates value-orientations which prompt and justify knowledge oriented towards `rationalization’, `explication’ and `emancipation’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ISSN: 1532-5555
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/49577

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