Studies in Organizational Epistemology
By (author) Haridimos Tsoukas
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Complex Knowledge by Haridimos Tsoukas
Book DescriptionIn this book Haridimos Tsoukas, one of the most imaginative organization theorists of our time, examines the nature of knowledge in organizations, and how individuals and scholars approach the concept of knowledge. Tsoukas firstly looks at organizational knowledge and its embeddedness in social contexts and forms of life. He shows that knowledge is not just a collection of free floating representations of the world to be used at will, but an activity constitutive of the world. On the one hand the organization as an institutionalized system does produce regularities that can can be captured via propositional forms of knowledge. On the other, the organization as practice, as a lifeworld, or as an open-ended system produce stories, values, and shared traditions which can only be captured by narrative forms of knowledge. Secondly, Tsoukas looks at the issue of how individuals deal with the notion of complexity in organizations: Our inability to reduce the behaviour of complex organizations to their constituent parts. Drawing on concepts such as discourse, narrativity, and reflexivity, he adopts a hermeneutical approach to the issue. Finally Tsoukas examines the concept of meta-knowledge, and how we know what we know. Arguing that the underlying representationalist epistemology of much of mainstream management causes many problems, he advocates adopting a more discursive approach. He describes what such an epistemology might be, and illustrates it with examples from organization studies and strategic management. An ideal introduction to the thinking of a leading organizational theorist, this book will be essential reading for academics, researchers, and students of Knowledge Management, Organization Studies, Management Studies, Business Strategy, and Applied Epistemology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199275588
(232mm x 157mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Haridimos Tsoukas
Sage Handbook of Process Organization Studies, Hardback (January 2017)
The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications.
Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory, Paperback (March 2005)
Focusing on organization theory, the aim of this volume is to hold up for examination its assumptions and knowledge claims, the chief explanatory strategies used, its relationship with the world, and its direction. The sections include: Organization Theory as Science; The Construction of Organization Theory; and The Future of Organization Theory.
Managing the Future, Hardback (May 2004)» View all books by Haridimos Tsoukas
* An exploration of the ways in which organizations can develop their ability to manage the future. * Consists of ten papers written by authors from both sides of the Atlantic and from Asia, all of whom are distinguished scholars in the fields of strategy or organizational learning.
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Author Biography - Haridimos Tsoukas
Haridimos Tsoukas is the George D. Mavros Research Professor of Organization and Management at ALBA in Greece, and Professor of Organization Studies, University of Warwick, UK. Previous positions held include Lecturer at Warwick Business School (1990-5), and Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus.
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