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Relational Perspectives in Organizational Studies

A Research Companion

Edited by Olympia Kyriakidou and Mustafa F. Özbilgin

The contributors to this highly innovative and authoritative research companion, leading experts in their field, apply relational analyses to different areas of organization studies and provide a comprehensive review of the relational perspectives. The book features empirical, theoretical, philosophical and methodological contributions from a wide spectrum of disciplinary perspectives on relationality in and around organizations.
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Chapter 15: Toward the Development of a Truly Relational Approach to the Study of Organizational Behaviors: Further Consideration of the Committed-to-Participant Research Perspective

Thomas A. Wright


15 Toward the development of a truly relational approach to the study of organizational behaviors: further consideration of the committed-toparticipant research perspective Thomas A. Wright Introduction According to many, our discipline has become one increasingly lacking in relevance and meaning. I have previously suggested that a primary reason for this lack of relevance and meaning is the failure of much organizational research to be responsive to all potential stakeholders. To help address these limitations, my father Vincent P. Wright and I proposed the committed-toparticipant research (CPR) perspective (Wright & Wright, 1999; Wright & Wright, 2002). In this chapter I build upon previous discussions and expand the CPR framework to integrate a social modeling approach to human adaptation and learning (Bandura, 1977, 1991, 1997), along with recent work on character strengths and virtues (Peterson & Seligman, 2004). I close with suggestions for incorporating a more relational-based framework to the study of the wide range of organizational behaviors. The compass and square produce perfect circles and squares. By the sages, the human relations are perfectly exhibited. (Mencius, Works, bk. IV, 1:2.1) Mencius (c. 372–289 BC) was obviously far ahead of his time with the highly astute observation that it takes the intercession of an outsider, in this case a sage, to help ensure that the patterns of relations among humans are carried out (perfected) in good order. In fact, while separated by over 2000 years of time, toil and various attempts at human relations, the introductory quote by Mencius well captures the theme...

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