Corporations, Organization, and Human Action: an anthropological critique of agency theory
Chanlat, Jean-François (2019), Corporations, Organization, and Human Action: an anthropological critique of agency theory, in Charles, O'Kelley; Justin, O'Brien; Thomas, Clarke, The Oxford Handbook of the Corporation, Oxford University Press. 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198737063.013.21
Book titleThe Oxford Handbook of the Corporation
Book authorCharles, O'Kelley; Justin, O'Brien; Thomas, Clarke
Oxford University Press
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Dauphine Recherches en Management [DRM]
Abstract (EN)This chapter considers the major developments in management thought over the last century. How market logic, new interpretations in economics, and the development of the entrepreneurial corporation have impacted on management thinking are explored. The management science that has resulted projects a questionable conception of humanity. This analysis questions the anthropological foundations of the dominant conceptions of human agency, and how this has impoverished the understanding of both people and organizations. A broader anthropology is traced through the European literature on the advance of management, which identifies the essential capacity of humanity to contribute to collaborative endeavor and engage in meaningful social production.
Subjects / Keywordsmanagement thought; management science; agency theory; human anthropology; collaboration; intelligent endeavor
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