Organisation Studies (OS) aims to promote the understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized, and the social relevance of that understanding. It encourages the interplay between theorizing and empirical research, in the belief that they should be mutually informative. It is a multidisciplinary journal which is open to contributions of high quality, from any perspective relevant to the field and from any country.
Organization Studies is, in particular, a supranational journal which gives special attention to national and cultural similarities and differences worldwide. This is reflected by its international editorial board and publisher and its collaboration with EGOS, the European Group for Organizational Studies.
We are committed to making OS the hub of a learning community of authors, reviewers, editors and readers, whose defining characteristics are a passion for ideas, open-minded intellectual curiosity, collegiate critique, and uncompromising adherence to the highest scholarly standards.
Our Intellectual Signature, adapted from the Editorial, Organization Studies, 29/11, November 2008, is as follows:
“OS has been deeply influenced, from its inception, by a specific social science orientation, more particularly by mid Twentieth Century political sociology approaches to organizations and their linkages to wider societal arrangements. This means in particular that it is a journal always at the forefront of inter-disciplinary debates. OS papers are supposed to deepen our understanding of the complexity of organizations as social and political objects, through the mobilization of wider social sciences’ agendas and knowledge....
For our part, we think that it is of utmost importance that Organization Studies lead the way by re-investigating the links existing between organizations, policies and polities. In other words, how organizations, whatever their political configurations (bureaucracies, post bureaucracies, collegial organizations, collectivist organizations) and their activities (business firms, schools, government agencies, social movements etc) are interpenetrated with society and generate specific patterns of how we live in societies, as well as how those societies are actually governed and shaped. Seeing organizations as social and political constructs, as political communities vested with the power of building a sustainable social fabric, in particular in contexts where democracy, public institutions or policy-making instruments do not exist, is of utmost importance in our view. While some neoinstitutional and critical research has attended to such issues, we believe that a more sustained engagement with such ‘big’ questions might provide a useful focal point for more cosmopolitan and engaged conversations across different research communities. Thus, we believe that Organization Studies can contribute to this [re]investigation and reengagement with big questions through leading an ‘academic movement’ striving to bring society back to center stage, enriching our conceptions of politics and societal struggles. We believe that this will not only enable rich inter-disciplinary engagements across the domains of sociology, psychology, anthropology, history and political science, but also enable us to provide critical reflections of and more grounded alternatives to banal materialist and instrumental conceptualizations of organization on the one hand, or ‘disembodied’ versions of social structure and organization on the other....
Put simply, we believe that Organization Studies should be seen more clearly as the leading journal in the production of ‘relevant’ knowledge that enhances our understanding of how organizations shape and are shaped by contemporary societies, and can decidedly not be reduced to ad hoc managerial artefacts and processes (however business relevant they might seem to be). Organizational knowledge has clear limits and, in particular, tends to minimize the cardinal importance of both micro narratives ‘making History’, and of macro structures shaping the conditions of History. Because micro narratives are ‘factual’ stories, they tell about ‘facts’ happening to people; they are not just subjective interpretations of personal experiences. Because macro structures are made of social movements, ideologies and cultural structures, they push scholars to engage with contemporary social theory and to [re]explore broad questions about social change, policy formation, political regimes, structures of power and authority, straddling diverse audiences in social sciences.”
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