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Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

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Year 2013 
Volume 11 
Issue 2

OT and Power: The Significance of Value-Orientations and a Plea for Pluralism

Hugh Willmott
Cardiff Business School

2013 11 (2) Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Abstract

The paper advances two propositions. First, that organization theory (OT) comprises a heterogeneous body of knowledge which, in effect, is a history of the (on-going) power struggles that produce it. And, second, that OT harbours different concepts of power and associated value-orientations through which it is possible to interpret the diversity and development of OT. These propositions give priority to the politics and ethics of knowledge production, and not differences of ontology, epistemology or levels of analysis. Its pluralist stance accommodates value-orientations which prompt and justify knowledge oriented towards `rationalization’, `explication’ and `emancipation’.

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OT and Power: The Significance of Value-Orientations and a Plea for Pluralism. (2013). OT and Power: The Significance of Value-Orientations and a Plea for Pluralism. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, 11(2), 53-66. (Original work published 2013)

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“Ot And Power: The Significance Of Value-Orientations And A Plea For Pluralism”. 2013. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, vol. 11, no. 2, 2013, pp. 53-66.

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“Ot And Power: The Significance Of Value-Orientations And A Plea For Pluralism”. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 11, no. 2 (2013): 53-66.