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21909 Advanced Organisation and Management Theorising

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Subject handbook information prior to 2019 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject provides research degree students with an introduction to qualitative research and theoretical skills that enables them to engage with the highest quality research literatures and understand the issues that frame the debates encountered. Organisation and management theory is the platform on which all scholarship in the Management Discipline Group (MDG) rides. Topics include qualitative research methods; current and historical theoretical perspectives; meta-theoretical approaches to management and organisation theory, and epistemological and ontological issues in theorising organisations and management.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. explain different methodological and theoretical approaches to organisation and management theory
2. critically evaluate contemporary issues in theorising organisation and management
3. review processes of theory construction
4. examine types of arguments and evidence used to justify and elaborate different types of theorising, research and writing practices.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The subject provides the critical capabilities for theoretical analysis, reflection and construction and qualitative methodologies to elicit those.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be delivered through a variety of face-to-face teaching strategies. Formal lectures will not be part of the approach although lectures that are spontaneously constructed in response to student issues may be. The emphasis will be on face-to-face discussion, employing highly interactive approaches to enhance the theoretical delivery of the subject tailored to specific student needs and interest. The subject is delivered though a seminar program utilising intensive modes of teaching, based on research that links theory and practice. Throughout the subject students are required to present papers and be involved in peer learning activities.

Each class will require as a commitment that participants have read appropriate material and will be prepared to discuss it. Material will be generated through the specific research interest of the students.

Content (topics)

  • Qualitative research
  • Histories
  • Paradigms and perspectives Institutions and evolutions
  • Process and practice theories Discourses and narratives
  • Organising time, space and embodiment Organising identity
  • Cultures and organisation
  • Organisations and/as relations of power
  • Organisations and ethics


Assessment task 1: Essay/Research paper


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 20%

No more than 2000 to 3000 words

Assessment task 2: Essay/Research paper


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 40%

No more than 5000 words.

Assessment task 3: Essay/Research paper


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 40%

No more than 5000 words.

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.


These are compendia, handbooks, and other useful overview resources of recent provenance that you should consult. All paper submitted should show evidence of having consulted recent issues of leading journals.

Adler, P. S. (2009) The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alvesson, M., Bridgman, T. and Willmott, H. (eds) (2009) The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alvesson, M. (2011) Interpreting Interviews, London: Sage.

Alvesson, M. and Karreman, D. (2011) Qualitative Research and Theory Development: Mystery as Method, London: Sage.

Alvesson, M. and Skoldberg, K. (2009) Reflexive Methodology: New Vistas for Qualitative Research, London: Sage.

Alvesson, M., Bridgman, T. and Wilmott, H. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Barry, D. and Hansen, H. (2008) The Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organizations, London: Sage.

Boje, D., Burnes, B. and J. Hassard (eds) The Handbook of Organizational Change, London: Sage.

Buchanan, A. (2013) ‘impact and knowledge mobilisation: what I have learnt as Chair of the Economic and Social research Council Evaluation Committee’, Contemporary Social Science (Special issue on Knowledge mobilization and the Social Sciences: Research Impact and Engagement, 8(3): 176-190.

Buchanan, D. and A. Bryman (eds), The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods, London: Sage

Cameron, K. S. and Spreitzer, G. M. (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chamaz, K. (2006) Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide through Qualitative Analysis, London: Sage.

Clegg, S. R. (2002) Central Currents in Organization Studies I: Frameworks and Applications, Volumes One to Four, London: Sage

Clegg, S. R. (2002) Central Currents in Organization Studies II: Contemporary Trends, Volumes Five to Eight, London: Sage

Clegg, S. R. (2010) SAGE Directions in Organization Studies, London: Sage.

Clegg, S. R. and Cooper, C. (eds) (2009) Handbook of Macro Organizational Behaviour, London Sage.

Clegg, S. R. and Haugaard, M. (eds) (2012) Power and Organizations (Four volumes), London: Sage.

Clegg, S. R. and Haugaard, M. (eds) (2009) Handbook of Power, London: Sage. Republished in paperback 2013.

Clegg, S. R., Hardy, C., Lawrence, T. B., and Nord, W. R. (2006) The Sage Handbook of Organization Studies, London: Sage.

Clegg, S. R. and Bailey, J. R. (eds) The Sage International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (Four volumes), London: Sage.

Cooper, C. L. and Clegg, S. R. (2009) HamOrganization Studies, London: Sage.

Denzin, N. and Lincoln, Y. (2005) The Handbook of Qualitative Research, London: Sage.

Flyvbjerg B. (2002) Making Social Science Matter, Cambridge: Cambridge University

Golsorkhi, D., Rouleau, L., Seidl, D. and Vaara, E. (eds) (2015) Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grant, D., Hardy, C., Oswick, C., and Putnam, L. (2004) The Sage Handbook of Organizational Discourse, London: Sage.

Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Sahlin, K. and Suddaby, R. (2008) The Sage Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism, London: Sage.

Haugaard, M. and Clegg, S. R. (eds) (2012) Power in Politics (Four volumes), London: Sage.

Hennink, M., Hutter, I., and Bailey, A. (2011) Qualitative Research Methods, London: Sage.

Kessler, E. H., and J. R. Bailey (eds) Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Latour, B. (2005) Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor?Network?Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McLaren, P. G., Mills, A. J., and Weatherbee, T. (eds) (2015) The Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History, London: Routledge.

Mir, R., Willmott, H., and Greenwood, M. (eds) (2015) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies, London: Routledge.

Nord W. R. and Connell, A. F. (2011) Rethinking the Knowledge Controversy in Organization Studies: A Generative Uncertainty perspective, New York: Routledge.

Pitsis, T. S., Simpson, A. and Dehlin, E. (eds) The Handbook of Managerial and Organizational Innovation. Edward-Elgar: New York.

Roe, R., Waller, M., and Clegg, S. R. (eds) (2008) Time in Organizational Research: Approaches and Methods, London: Routledge.

Silverman, D. (2007) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting, Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research. London: Sage.

Silverman, D. (2010) Doing Qualitative Research, London: Sage.

Silverman, D. (2011) Interpreting Qualitative Data, London: Sage.

Tadajewksi, M., Maclaren, P., Parsons, E. and Parker, M. (eds) (2011) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies, London: Sage.

Tsoukas, H. and Knudsen, C. (2004) The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Westwood, R. and Clegg, S. R. (2003) Debating Organizations, Oxford: Blackwell.

A Few Key Journals (in alphabetical order)

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Learning and Education
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Culture and Organization
  • Gender, Work and Organization
  • Human Relations
  • Journal of Management Inquiry
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Management Learning
  • Organization
  • Organization Science
  • Organization Studies
  • Scandinavian Journal of Management


It is strongly advised that prior to writing anything that students familiarise themselves with the conventions of journal writing and citation and follow them closely.

List all references cited in the text at the end of the article in a separate appendix entitled 'References'. Alphabetize by author; multiple entries by one author in the same year should be postscripted a,b,c [1978a, 1978b, 1978c]; multiple entries by one author should be listed separately, repeating the author's name each time, from earliest to most recent publication [1958, 1965, 1978]. In multiple author entries, the first author's name should be inverted; however, all following authors' names should be given in 'normal' order [Jones, Robert, and James Smith or Jones, Robert, James Smith, and Edward Brown]. Use no abbreviations. Give publisher's names in as brief a form as possible [Wiley not John A. Wiley and Sons]. Titles of articles should be typed in single quotes with only the initial word and proper nouns capitalized. Titles of books should be given in italics with only the initial word and proper nouns capitalized. Titles of journals and other periodicals should be italicized with each major word capitalised.

* Examples:

Crozier, Michel (1964) The bureaucratic phenomenon, 2nd edn. London: Tavistock.
Crozier, Michel (1973) 'The problem of power'. Social Research 40/2: 211-228.
Crozier, Michel (1976) 'Comparing structures and comparing games' in European contributions to organization theory. G. Hofstede and M. S. Kassem (eds), 135-156. Amsterdam: Van Gorcum.
Erez, Miriam, and Christopher Earley (1993) Culture, self-identity, and work. New York: Oxford University Press. Parsons, Talcott
1963a 'On the concept of influence'. Public Opinion Quarterly 27: 37-62.
Parsons, Talcott (1963b) 'On the concept of political power'. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 107: 232-262. Weinshall, Theodore D., editor (1977) Culture and management. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

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