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Om sociologin och organisationsbegreppet

GÖRAN AHRNE
Sociologisk Forskning
Vol. 28, No. 1, Makt, fringe benefits, regression (1991), pp. 45-60
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20851042
Page Count: 16
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Om sociologin och organisationsbegreppet
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Abstract

Sociologists seem to avoid arguing in terms of organizations. Groups, movements, classes or systems are common concepts. Organizations, however, are seldom recognized as such. In this article I am proposing that a concept of organization should be at the core of social theory. Organizations transform human action into society and social change occurs through organizations. First, I take up a discussion of the separation between a sociology of work and the sociology of organizations. In Sweden a sociology of organizations is almost non-existent. I criticize Bengt Abrahamsson's process model of organizations because it overlooks the most essential aspects of an organization; its cohesion and its method of coordination of human actions. I am arguing that in order to understand concepts such as labour, power and class one has to conceive of these phenomena in their organizational settings. Finally, I suggest that the idea of delimited societies is outdated and that we should look at the interaction between organizations instead of societies or systems.

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