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Researching organizational elites: a critical realist perspective

Reed, Michael Ivor ORCID: 2012. Researching organizational elites: a critical realist perspective. Courpasson, David, Golsorkhi, Damon and Sallaz, Jeffrey J., eds. Rethinking Power in Organizations, Institutions, and Markets, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, vol. 34. Bingley: Emerald, pp. 21-53.

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This chapter reviews three analytical perspectives – ‘structural’, ‘network’ and ‘cultural’ – on the study of power and their implications for theorizing elites. It builds on this initial theoretical review by developing a critical realist approach to the study of organizational elites out of the structurally based perspective identified in the first section of the chapter. The explanatory potential of this critical realist approach is then illustrated through two case studies of ruling elites embedded in contrasting historical, political and social contexts. The final section of the chapter provides a discussion of the wider implications of these case study analyses for understanding and explaining the ‘new feudalism’ which is emerging in advanced political economies and societies

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human resource management
Publisher: Emerald
ISBN: 9781780526645
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