Towards process-figurational theory in organization studies

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Title: Towards process-figurational theory in organization studies
Authors: Van Krieken, Robert
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Date: May-2019
Online since: 2019-06-06T10:07:51Z
Abstract: This paper outlines the significance of Elias’s work as an alternative solution for many of the core conceptual problems in organization studies as well as the distinctive contribution of The Court Society, sketches the main elements of the ways in which his ideas have been taken up by organisation scholars to date, concentrating on a selection of studies drawing on Elias, and concludes with some reflections on the future directions that process-figurational theory might take in organization studies. The core line of argument is that Elias provides a range of powerful theoretical resources to transcend many of the problems usually addressed through the work of Foucault, actor-network theory, postmodernist and post-structuralist theory, especially the supposed agency/structure problem, constituting an alternative and effective analysis of organizational life that is anchored in the relational and processual strands of classical sociological theory.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Journal: Cambio. Rivista sulle Transformazioni Sociali
Volume: 8
Issue: 16
Start page: 141
End page: 157
Copyright (published version): 2018 the Author
Keywords: Norbert EliasOrganizationProcessRelationFigurationHabitusCivilizing processPower
DOI: 10.13128/cambio-23911
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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