Building Theories of Organization: The Constitutive Role of by Linda L. Putnam, Anne M. Nicotera

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By Linda L. Putnam, Anne M. Nicotera

This quantity explores the idea that of conversation because it applies to organizational idea. Bringing jointly a number of voices, it makes a speciality of communication’s function within the structure of association. Editors Linda L. Putnam and Anne Maydan Nicotera have assembled an all-star solid of participants, each one offering a particular voice and point of view. The contents of this quantity evaluate and distinction ways to the suggestion that communique constitutes association. Chapters additionally research the ways in which these procedures produce styles that undergo over the years and that represent the association as an entire. This assortment bridges various disciplines and serves an important function in constructing dimensions, features, and relationships between options that tackle how communique constitutes association. it's going to entice students and researchers operating in organizational communique, organizational reviews, administration, sociology, social collectives, and organizational psychology and behaviour.  

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But in constituting members, the communication process importantly constitutes the organization, since one must be a member of something. One of the best-known examples of member constitution is member recruitment and socialization ( Jablin, 1987). Prospective members must be evaluated and categorized; both the new member and the organization must decide to create a relationship; and the new member must be incorporated into the routines and structures of the organization, and vice versa. However, in the course of this socialization process, the organization is simultaneously framed as having prior existence, a multitude of other members, and the power to induce a relation of comembership (as well as other relations like supervision and mentorship) between members.

Second, the four flows model suggests a choice of contextualist over structuralist thinking, the implication being that the constitution of organization must be seen as rooted in a process (or array of processes), not in characteristics of an abstract structure. These may include integrating processes that develop what Taylor calls collective agency, but also differentiating processes, drawing on varied structural resources. Third, the four flows model rests on a view of the structure/ agency problem as one of duality, rather than dualism.

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