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Accounting for organization: round-up the usual suspects

Jones, O, Sharifi, S and Conway, S 2006, 'Accounting for organization: round-up the usual suspects' , Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 17 (2-3) , pp. 283-304.

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Abstract

Over the last 15 years, critical organization theorists have increasingly adopted postmodernist perspectives. The setting-up of Organization by a group of “radical organization theorists” provided an outlet for a network of authors who considered “conventional” management journals restricted their thinking and writing. Since the first issue in 1994, Organization has become established as an important outlet for scholars from a wide range of countries. This diversity is combined with a concentration of authors associated with five universities, Warwick, UMIST, Lancaster, Keele (UK) and Massachusetts Amherst (US) who account for more than 27% of all publications during the first 8 years. We use the concepts of “solidarity group” and “invisible college” [de Solla Price DJ. Science since Babylon. New Haven: Yale University Press; 1961; de Solla Price DJ. Little science, big science. New York: Columbia University Press; 1963; de Solla Price DJ, Beaver D. Collaboration in an invisible college. Am Psychol 1966;21:1011–8; Crane D. Invisible colleges: diffusion of knowledge in scientific communities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 1972] as the basis for a critical analysis of this network of authors many of whom are linked to the journal's editorial board. We also offer a critique of the bureaucratic nature of the journal's Organizational structure that, we suggest, contradicts the principles underpinning postmodernism. For example, Cooper and Burrell distinguish between the modernist “control” model and the “autonomy” model that approximates to the postmodernist perspective.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical management, invisible colleges, organization theory, postmodernism, social networks, solidarity groups
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Finance, Accounting and Economics
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Perspectives on Accounting
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 10452354
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 09:46
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/828

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