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This question of what organization studies study comes to the fore as internal to organization studies. The phenomenon studied does not tell us how to make it an object of inquiry — and does not protect us from assumptions that imply a metaphysical stance. In other words, it’s not straightforward to take an empirical stance.

Autor raamistab essee:

In this essay I suggest that the presumption of non-organization reinforces the empirical stance and contend that it should inform studies that make organization an object of empirical inquiry.

Kuidas mõelda uurimisobjektist:

the phrase ‘object of inquiry’ is used to talk about that which is studied when organization studies study organization. In the same way as someone or something can be said to be an ‘object of attention’ and a firm, a policy process, and much else can be an ‘object of criticism,’ ‘organization as object of inquiry’ implies a broad notion of the ‘object’ — not delimited to ‘moderate-sized specimens of dry goods’ (Austin, 1962, p. 8) — and shares much with, for example, the notion of epistemic object (Knorr Cetina, 2001) and with the hetero-reference of an inquiry (in Luhmannian jargon).

Mõttekäik, millel oleks kasulik pikemalt peatuda:

But if formal organization is not the case, then rendering something as formal organization makes something else disappear and we are caught in metaphysics anew. Thus, if organizing is the case, then rendering it as formal organization is metaphysics. This argument extends to organization in general (formal or not) and to appearing as well as disappearing: it is in effect a metaphysical stance to make an object of inquiry appear as organization (in whatever sense subscribed to) if it is not the case.

Kuidas organisatsioonist mõelda organisatsiooniuuringus:

When organization is considered a particular type of ‘social phenomena’ (Ahrne et al., 2016, p. 93; Schoeneborn et al., 2014, p. 309), it is no longer just a name for a particular empirical situation, such as a restaurant, but becomes a name for a type (or a class), and comes to suggest that otherwise distinct approaches and inquiries agree that they study the same type of phenomenon: organization.

Lugemishuvi suurendamiseks:

studies of organization thus not only seek to understand concrete and empirical organization, but are ‘actively involved in the constitution’ (Knights & Morgan, 1991, p. 270) of the object of inquiry — and this is not in contradiction to, but inherent to, the empirical stance as informed by the presumption of non-organization.

Frankel, C. (2021). The object of inquiry and organization studies. Organization Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/01708406211053201