The organization of hypocrisy: talk, decisions, and actions in organizations

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Hypocrisy - the practice of incorporating different organizational structures, processes and ideologies for internal and external use - is an important feature of viable organizations in modern societies. It is an effective way of achieving organizational legitimacy in a world where organizations are exposed to an increasing number of inconsistent and conflicting norms and demands. This book suggests that legitimacy is secured by conflict rather than by unity, and by dealing with problems rather than by providing solutions.

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The Political Organization Principle
Politics in Practice
Decisions as Transition Between Politics and Action

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About the author (1989)

Nils Brunsson is a Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he holds the City of Stockholm Chair in Management. He is the chairman of the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). He has published numerous books and articles in the field of organizations. His main research
focus has been decision theory and the institutional analysis of organizations. His current interests include organizational aspects of globalization.

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