The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies provides a wide-ranging overview of the significance of philosophy in organizations. The volume brings together a veritable "who’s-who" of scholars that are acclaimed international experts in their specialist subject within organizational studies and philosophy.

The contributions to this collection are grouped into three distinct sections:

  • Foundations - exploring philosophical building blocks with which organizational researchers need to become familiar.
  • Theories - representing some of the dominant traditions in organizational studies, and how they are dealt with philosophically.
  • Topics – examining the issues, themes and topics relevant to understanding how philosophy infuses organization studies.

Primarily aimed at students and academics associated with business schools and organizational research, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies is a valuable reference source for anyone engaged in this field.

chapter |11 pages

Introduction: philosophy in organization studies

Life, knowledge and disruption
ByRaza Mir, Hugh Willmott, Michelle Greenwood

part |71 pages


chapter |18 pages


Philosophical discussions and implications for organization studies
ByIsmaël Al-Amoudi, Joe O’Mahoney

chapter |18 pages


Philosophical foundations and organizational controversies
ByAndreas Georg Scherer, Elisabeth Does, Emilio Marti

chapter |18 pages


Philosophical underpinnings and their implications
ByJoanne Duberley, Phil Johnson

part |163 pages


chapter |13 pages

Feminist organization theories

Islands of treasure
ByYvonne Benschop, Mieke Verloo

chapter |12 pages

Hermeneutics in organization studies

ByMichael D. Myers

chapter |13 pages

Institutional theory

Reflections on ontology
ByTim Edwards

chapter |13 pages


A philosophical analysis of class conflict
ByRichard Marens, Raza Mir

chapter |20 pages

Postcolonial theory

Speaking back to empire
ByGavin Jack

chapter |13 pages

Poststructuralist theory

Thinking organization otherwise
ByStephen Linstead

chapter |15 pages

Practice theory

What it is, its philosophical base, and what it offers organization studies
ByJörgen Sandberg, Haridimos Tsoukas

chapter |13 pages

Pragmatism and organization studies

ByBidhan L. Parmar, Robert Phillips, R. Edward Freeman

chapter |13 pages

Psychoanalysis and the study of organization

ByYiannis Gabriel

chapter |12 pages

Queer theory

ByNick Rumens, Melissa Tyler

chapter |11 pages

Structuration theory

Philosophical stance and significance for organizational research
ByMatthew Jones

part |352 pages

Special Topics

chapter |9 pages

Aesthetics and design

An epistemology of the unseen
ByAntonio Strati

chapter |8 pages


The lived experience of growing up and older in organizations
ByKathleen Riach

chapter |9 pages

The Body

Philosophical paradigms and organizational contributions
ByTorkild Thanem

chapter |8 pages


Critical and managerial perspectives
ByAdam Arvidsson

chapter |8 pages

Commodification and consumption

ByDouglas Brownlie

chapter |8 pages

Commons and organization

Potentiality and expropriation
ByCasper Hoedemaekers

chapter |7 pages

Conflict theorizing in organization theory

A political philosophical reading
ByAlessia Contu

chapter |9 pages


Philosophical reflections on the organizational limits to autonomy
ByGraham Sewell

chapter |10 pages


Reification of the corporate form
ByJeroen Veldman

chapter |9 pages

Debt for all

Towards a critical examination of organizational roles in debt practices and financialization
BySuhaib Riaz

chapter |9 pages


Coping with madness beyond reason
ByPeter Edward

chapter |9 pages


Philosophical disputes and organizational governance
ByPhil Johnson, Joanne Duberley

chapter |9 pages

Diversity studies

The contribution of black philosophers
ByElaine Swan

chapter |9 pages

Environment, extractivism and the delusions of nature as capital

BySteffen Böhm, Maria Ceci Misoczky

chapter |7 pages


Finding a philosophical fit?
ByGeoff Lightfoot, David Harvie

chapter |9 pages


Changing conceptions of the corporation
ByAndré Spicer, Bobby Banerjee

chapter |9 pages

Humour and organization

ByNick Butler

chapter |9 pages

Identity and philosophy in organizations

A femini[st]ne blind spot
ByKate Kenny, Nancy Harding

chapter |10 pages

Inequality and organizations

ByHari Bapuji, Sandeep Mishra

chapter |9 pages


Re-membering the Other in organizations
ByCarl Rhodes

chapter |8 pages


Philosophical contributions and critiques
ByJonathan Gosling, Peter Case

chapter |8 pages

Management and its others

ByCampbell Jones

chapter |9 pages

Measurement and statistics in ‘organization science'

Philosophical, sociological and historical perspectives
ByMichael J. Zyphur, Dean C. Pierides, Jon Roffe

chapter |8 pages

Needs and organizations

The case for the philosophical turn
ByCristina Neesham

chapter |8 pages

Organization and philosophy

Vision and division
ByMartin Parker

chapter |9 pages


Towards a performative turn in organizational studies
ByJean-Pascal Gond, Laure Cabantous

chapter |8 pages

Power and organizations

A brief but critical genealogy
ByStewart Clegg

chapter |8 pages

Quantification as a philosophical act

ByAmit Nigam, Diana Trujillo

chapter |9 pages

Two tales about resistance

Management vs. philosophy
ByCarl Cederström

chapter |8 pages

Rituals in organizations

Rupture, repetition and the institutional event
ByGazi Islam

chapter |9 pages

Spirituality, religion and organization

ByEmma Bell, Scott Taylor

chapter |9 pages

Strategy, power and practice

ByDavid L. Levy

chapter |7 pages


Foundations and critical reflections
ByReinhard Bachmann

chapter |9 pages


An inquiry into relations, forms and struggles
ByCraig Prichard

chapter |8 pages


Looking at organization
BySamantha Warren

chapter |9 pages


The philosophical limits of an idea in the neo-liberal age
ByPeter Fleming