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Twenty years after: why organization theory needs historical analyses

WithAlfred Kieser

It was most kind of the editors of The Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History to ask me to write a comment on my perception of the impact of my essay on the need for historical analyses in organization studies. The answer given in 2004, after the fi rst half of the 20 year interval, is still valid:

Such an historic turn would entail questioning the scientistic rhetoric of organization studies, an approach to the past as process and context, and not merely as a variable, and an engagement with historiographical debates, especially regarding the epistemological status of narrative. However, we maintain that both the voluntaristic narratives of Heathrow Organization Theory and the scientistic analytic schemas of organization studies are resistant to an historic turn.