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Organizational scepticism

James A. Stever (Department of Political Science, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 December 1998



Scepticism about organizations has become an integral part of the field organizational theory. This article aspires to develop through historical analysis a taxonomy of organizational scepticism. Though scepticism of all types have generic traits, there are three distinct types of scepticism: premodern, modern and postmodern scepticism. Premodern scepticism attacks the modern organizational by stressing concepts grounded in nature and tradition. Modern sceptics attack the optimism of managerialism about organizations. Postmodern sceptics stress that technological developments, economic self interest, and irrationality will be the eventual undoing of modern organization. Organizational scepticism is now so pervasive that it should be treated as an integral part of the field.



Stever, J.A. (1998), "Organizational scepticism", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 289-302.




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