Finding Organization in Organization Theory: A Meta-Theory of the Organization as a Social Actor

King, Brayden, Felin, Teppo and Whetten, David (2010) Finding Organization in Organization Theory: A Meta-Theory of the Organization as a Social Actor. Organization Science, 21 (1). pp. 290-305.

Abstract

Organization theory is a theory without a protagonist. Organizations are typically portrayed in organizational scholarship as aggregations of individuals, as instantiations of the environment, as nodes in a social network, as members of a population, or as a bundle of organizing processes. This paper hopes to highlight the need for understanding, explicating, and researching the enduring, noun-like qualities of the organization. We situate the organization in a broader social landscape by examining what is unique about the organization as a social actor. We propose two assumptions that underlie our conceptualization of organizations as social actors: external attribution and intentionality. We then highlight important questions and implications forming the core of a distinctively organizational analytical perspective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: organization theory; social actors; sovereignty; responsibility; organizational identity; goals
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 12:00
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 12:00
Funders: n/a
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5754

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