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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 16: Conclusions

Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Olivia Kyriakidou


Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Olivia Kyriakidou One of the taken-for-granted ideas in organisational studies is that organisational reality can be studied by dissecting it into its key components and studying them in isolation. The outcome of this has allowed for sociologists, psychologists and other social scientists to remain in their methodological and philosophical silos when examining organisational reality, allowing for objective and subjective aspects of organisation as well as individual and institutional concerns in organisations to be studied in isolation from one another. It is our contention that this approach to organisational reality has caused a gap to emerge between rich lived experience in organisational settings and academic theorisation of organisational reality in the mainstream. It was also this belief that motivated us to devise an edited volume which will serve to bridge the gap between theorisation and the reality of organisational life by specifically exploring relationality between a wide range of constituents in and of organisational settings. The approach we adopted was an inclusive one, seeking to reveal relationality – which manifests itself as intersubjectivite, interdependent, co-generative processes – between a range of organisational constituencies, including individual, group and intra- and inter-organisational contexts and processes. Holding the belief that an understanding of organisational reality will require an understanding of a wide range of permutations of relationality within and among these constituencies, we have organised and designed a number of academic activities. The first of these activities was a conference at the University of Surrey, School of Management, on relational perspectives...

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