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Where is ‘organization’ in the group literature?

Introduction This book is based on the premise that concerns with organization have played second fiddle in group scholarship. As evident in Chapter 1, this is not because group researchers are blinded to the salience of organization. Rather it is the case that the classic literature has focused much more on individuals and collective action than on the nature of group organizations that individuals participate in. First principle deductions about how groups are organized have often been a convenient substitute for embracing differentiated organizational models, designs and capacities. The argument developed is that such considerations should be brought out of the footnotes – where they do reside – and made an explicit part of our scholarly endeavours. Against this backdrop, the purpose of the present chapter is to briefly review and (importantly) order the group literature. This provides evidence for the above assertions in addition to providing important context for the approaches developed in succeeding chapters.