Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis: Elements of the Sociology of Corporate Life
The authors argue in this book that social theory can usefully be conceived in terms of four broad paradigms, based upon different sets of meta-theoretical assumptions with regard to the nature of social science and the nature of society. They provide extensive reviews of functionalist, interpretive, radical humanist and radical structuralist paradigms which derive from quite distinct intellectual traditions, and present four mutually exclusive views of the social world. Presented are a number of important contributions to our understanding of sociology and organisational analysis with a historical review and evaluation which provides a framework for appraising future developments in the area of organisational analysis, and suggests the form which some of the developments are likely to take.
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Assumptions about the Nature of Social Science
Assumptions about the Nature of Society
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