Justification, Evaluation and Critique in the Study of Organizations: Contributions from French Pragmatist Sociology Vol: 52

Michael Lounsbury
University of Alberta, Canada

Charlotte Cloutier
Cass Business School, UK

Jean-Pascal Gond
Cass Business School, UK

Bernard Leca
Essec Business School, France

Product Details
31 May 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
416 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
The papers included in the volume explore how mobilizing Boltanski and Thévenot’s EW framework helps address questions regarding the premises and dynamics of agreement and disagreement in coordinated action, both within and across organizations, and by so doing, help advance our understanding of organizational processes more generally. The book is organized into four sections, each with contributions that address one of the four core theoretical objectives around which the volume is structured (1) to clarify how individuals manage the contradictions and compromises inherent to organizational pluralism; (2) to look at organizations critically by unpacking the roles of rhetoric and justification in the practice of critique; (3) to reconsider valuation and evaluation in organizations; and (4) to push the boundaries of the EW framework. These four objectives provide a scaffolding that helps further embed the framework in our contemporary thinking about organizations.
Justification, evaluation and critique in the study of organizations: An introduction to the volume; Charlotte Cloutier, Jean-Pascal Gond, Bernard Leca  
Section 2 - MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL PLURALISM: HOW INDIVIDUALS NAVIGATE MORAL CONTRADICTIONS AND COMPROMISE: When orders of worth clash: Negotiating legitimacy in situations of moral multiplexity; Juliane Reinecke, Koen Van Bommel and Andre Spicer
Co-operatives, compromises and critiques: What do French co-operators tell us about individual responses to pluralism?; Stéphane Jaumier, Thibault Daudigeos and Vassili Joannidès  
Section 3 - LOOKING AT ORGANIZATIONS CRITICALLY: RHETORIC, JUSTIFICATION AND CRITICISM-AS-PRACTICE: 'Public' vs. 'natural' grammars: Complex domination in the financial intermediation industry; Benjamin Taupin and Marc Lenglet
Reproducing a neoliberal political regime: Competing justifications and dominance in disputing fracking; Daniel Nyberg, Christopher Wright and Jacqueline Kirk
Capital and carbon: The shifting common good justifications for energy regimes; Thomas Beamish and Nicole Woolsey Biggart 
Section 4 - RECONSIDERING VALUATION AND EVALUATION IN ORGANIZATIONS: Accounting Values, Controversies and Compromises in Tests of Worth; Marcia Annisette, Gillian Vesty and Thierry 
Amslem Commercializing academic knowledge in a business school: Orders of worth and trajectories of evaluation; Chantal Mailhot and Ann Langley  
Section 5 - PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF PRAGMATIC SOCIOLOGY’S THEORETICAL AGENDA: An ecological justification? Conflicts in the development of nature; Claudette Lafaye and Laurent Thévenot
The passion of Luc Boltanski: The destiny of value, violence and love in institutional theory; Roger Friedland and Diane-Laure Arjaliès 
Remarks on the nature of justification: A socio-pragmatic perspective; Simon Susen 
For what it’s worth; David Stark
Michael Lounsbury, University of Alberta, Canada
Charlotte Cloutier, Cass Business School, UK
Jean-Pascal Gond, Cass Business School, UK 
Bernard Leca, Essec Business School, France
“A significant achievement in delivering work that celebrates and broadens the horizons of critical analysis” – Journal of Classical Sociology

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