Several Good Reasons for Persisting with the Idea of Sociological Paradigms: An Exemplary Case

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Abstract

In organization studies (OS) paradigm thinking seem to have abated over the past fifteen years, notwithstanding the enduring use of the paradigm concept within the field. The purpose of this paper is to suggest that the relevance of paradigm debating to OS still remains high and should be cultivated. To this aim, the paper begins by returning to some key points in the first-wave discussions on the paradigm idea, which followed the publication of Burrell and Morgan’s seminal work. Next, it briefly outlines the present state of the art, by distinguishing three different broad positions in recent attempts to re-launch or re-articulate – or to bring closure to – the paradigm debate, with particular regard to the main controversy surrounding it, i.e. the incommensurability issue. Thereafter, in what is intended as the key part of the paper, a set of topic areas are identified in which paradigm thinking can provide significant contributions to contemporary OS.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-16
Numero di pagine16
RivistaSTUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA
Volume2018
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018

Keywords

  • Incommensurability
  • Multiparadigm studies
  • Organization studies
  • Paradigm
  • Paradigm thinking
  • Theoretical development

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