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.

part |71 pages


chapter |18 pages


Philosophical discussions and implications for organization studies

chapter |18 pages


Philosophical foundations and organizational controversies

chapter |18 pages


Philosophical underpinnings and their implications

part |163 pages


chapter |13 pages

Feminist organization theories

Islands of treasure

chapter |13 pages

Institutional theory

Reflections on ontology

chapter |13 pages


A philosophical analysis of class conflict

chapter |20 pages

Postcolonial theory

Speaking back to empire

chapter |13 pages

Poststructuralist theory

Thinking organization otherwise

chapter |15 pages

Practice theory

What it is, its philosophical base, and what it offers organization studies

chapter |11 pages

Structuration theory

Philosophical stance and significance for organizational research

part |352 pages

Special Topics

chapter |9 pages

Aesthetics and design

An epistemology of the unseen

chapter |8 pages


The lived experience of growing up and older in organizations

chapter |9 pages

The Body

Philosophical paradigms and organizational contributions

chapter |8 pages


Critical and managerial perspectives

chapter |8 pages

Commons and organization

Potentiality and expropriation

chapter |7 pages

Conflict theorizing in organization theory

A political philosophical reading

chapter |9 pages


Philosophical reflections on the organizational limits to autonomy

chapter |10 pages


Reification of the corporate form

chapter |9 pages

Debt for all

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

chapter |9 pages


Coping with madness beyond reason

chapter |9 pages


Philosophical disputes and organizational governance

chapter |9 pages

Diversity studies

The contribution of black philosophers

chapter |7 pages


Finding a philosophical fit?

chapter |9 pages


Changing conceptions of the corporation

chapter |9 pages

Identity and philosophy in organizations

A femini[st]ne blind spot

chapter |9 pages


Re-membering the Other in organizations

chapter |8 pages


Philosophical contributions and critiques

chapter |9 pages

Measurement and statistics in ‘organization science'

Philosophical, sociological and historical perspectives

chapter |8 pages

Needs and organizations

The case for the philosophical turn

chapter |8 pages

Organization and philosophy

Vision and division

chapter |9 pages


Towards a performative turn in organizational studies

chapter |8 pages

Power and organizations

A brief but critical genealogy

chapter |9 pages

Two tales about resistance

Management vs. philosophy

chapter |8 pages

Rituals in organizations

Rupture, repetition and the institutional event

chapter |7 pages


Foundations and critical reflections

chapter |9 pages


An inquiry into relations, forms and struggles

chapter |8 pages


Looking at organization

chapter |9 pages


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