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Organization Theory, ToC, issue 4, 2023

  • 1.  Organization Theory, ToC, issue 4, 2023

    Posted 01-02-2024 01:48

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    Best wishes to everyone for 2024!

    The final issue of Organization Theory for 2023 is available now. It is a stimulating and theoretically rich issue with a diverse set of papers. For a direct link to the issue, with full access to all articles:

    Theory Articles: 

    Organizing Half-Things: Knowing, Theorizing and Studying Atmospheres

    Lydia Jørgensen & Timon Beyes

    Jørgensen and Beyes provide a theoretical exposition of the concept of organizational atmospheres. Covering work across the social sciences and cultural theory, their paper brings this powerful and rich concept into organization studies and does so by combining a reflective, intellectually stimulating commentary on the concept with practical pointers on how it can be known and studied.

    Theorizing as Mode of Engagement in and through Extreme Contexts Research

    April L. Wright, Derin Kent, Markus Hällgren, Linda Rouleau

    Wright, Kent, Hällgren and Rouleau offer a useful theoretical synthesis of research on extreme contexts. Reviewing this expanding field of research, they categorize different approaches to researching such contexts and what kinds of theoretical contributions these typically lead to. Their paper offers a deeper reading of research traditions in this field than prior work and will as such by a valuable resource for anyone interested in the potential and possibilities of studying extreme contexts.

    Simultaneously Here and There: Situating online organizing in our embodied material practices

    Jennifer Whyte, Alice Comi, Luigi Mosca

    Whyte, Comi and Mosca have written a thought-provoking theoretical essay on on-line organizing practices. Adopting an ethno-methodological focus, they highlight how practices of on-line organizing are meshed with simultaneous off-line practices and they conceptualize how their interlacing may give rise to a seamless experience, but also to a possible divergence of purposes and glitches and breakdowns. Their paper is a powerful call to focus more deeply on the internal constitution of practices, besides studying how they might evolve.

    The Iron Cage Redux: Looking Back and Forward

    Walter W. Powell, Paul J. DiMaggio

    Powell and DiMaggio round off the issue with an engaging, personal essay looking back at the genesis of their classic The Iron Cage Revisited paper published 40 years ago. They recount the steps involved in writing the paper and offer a theoretical commentary on the subsequent evolution of institutional theory and research. Their personal journey and reflections lead them to promote the value of phenomenon-driven theorizing fostered by strong collaborative relationships, multi-disciplinary connections and an exposure to different ideas across levels of analysis.   

    Organization Theory (OT) is an online, open-access journal that publishes the best theory work in the field, ranging from theoretical essays and theory building papers to review pieces and debates. The journal is published by SAGE in collaboration with the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS).

    OT offers a high-quality, developmental review process for authors. Submissions are handled by a dedicated and expert editorial team with experience in helping authors develop theory articles. For more details on the journal and our submission guidelines, see