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Power and Organizations

by Stewart R Clegg , David Courpasson and Nelson Phillips SAGE Publications Ltd
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In this tour de force, Stewart 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 - such as the emergence of a post 9/11 state of insecurity and its implications for organizations and society - 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.

This book is required reading for graduate students and researchers in areas such as organization, social and political theory.

Fixing the Institutionalization of Theory and Practice / Power and Efficiency / Body, Soul, and Mind / The Curious Case of Max Weber / The Rational System and Its Irrational Other / The Heart of Darkness / Power to and Power over / The Foucault Effect / Critical Theories / Discursive Theories / Power and Organizational Forms / Corporate Power Elites / The Futures of Power?

"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."
Stewart R Clegg University of Technology, Sydney Australia

David Courpasson EM Lyon, France

Nelson Phillips Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK