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Organizations in TimeHistory, Theory, Methods$
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Marcelo Bucheli and R. Daniel Wadhwani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646890.001.0001

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History and Organization Theory: Potential for a Transdisciplinary Convergence

History and Organization Theory: Potential for a Transdisciplinary Convergence

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Organizations in Time

Hüseyin Leblebici

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the evolving relationship between organization studies and history, specifically business and management history during the first decade of the 21st century. The front end provides a descriptive investigation on the status of historical research in the management field and the nature of interdisciplinary discourse in related fields such as sociology and economics. The second part explores possible reasons behind the limited expansion of interdisciplinary work by bringing various arguments about the nature of explanation, description, and causal arguments developed in different disciplines. A strong integration between these cultures of inquiry requires not only understanding but also appreciating the epistemological and ontological foundations of the other side in order to make such integration possible. The concluding section provides a short catalogue of alternatives for a more productive cooperation between these two fields and suggests that a more fruitful solution is to focus on transdisciplinary rather that interdisciplinary research.

Keywords:   social science history, transdisciplinary research, organization studies, historical sociology, business history

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