chapter  2
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Organisational Studies and Empirical Description

This is not to say that such sociological theorising is without its merit, far from it. It is wholly appropriate in a large and complex discipline like sociology. Nor is it such an extreme view as it might first appear. All we are wanting to argue is that the primary goal of most inquiries into organisations consists of using empirical materials to refine and develop theory. Unsurprisingly, this distracts attention from the problem of how to capture and present empirical materials for those less interested in theory. One by-product of this is that such materials are more or less unsuitable for use in management change activities.