chapter  4
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The Parting of the Ways and the Divide in Organizational


In this chapter, I discuss how the parting of the ways led to two very different schools of thought in organizational theory. As analytic philosophy gradually dominated the U.S. and England, continental European philosophy became dominated by the radical Heidegger. The fi rst fueled the tradition within organization theory and management education that has been strongly criticized by Mintzberg (2004), Czarniawska (2003), Ghoshal (2005), and others. The latter has served as a major infl uence on the expansion of relativistic schools such as deconstruction, poststructuralism, and postmodernism. I discuss the division in organization theory and attempt to position Cassirer in relation to some of the most infl uential schools in the interpretive tradition of organizational theory.