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Introduction: Bringing Jobs Back In: Toward a New Multi-Level Approach to the Study of Work and Organizations

The Structuring of Work in Organizations

ISBN: 978-1-78635-436-5, eISBN: 978-1-78635-435-8

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 17 August 2016


In this paper, we call for renewed attention to the structure and structuring of work within and between organizations. We argue that a multi-level approach, with jobs as a core analytic construct, is a way to draw connections among economic sociology, organizational sociology, the sociology of work and occupations, labor studies and stratification and address the important problems of both increasing inequality and declining economic productivity.




This volume is the product of an interdisciplinary gathering of organizations scholars convened in the summer of 2013 with generous support of the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. We gratefully acknowledge financial and in-kind support from our home institutions, Cornell University, McGill University, and the University of Alberta. We thank the authors of the volume papers, all of whom were invited as mentors or participants. We would also like to recognize the mentors who provided valuable feedback and commentary at the event and have been and continue to be valued colleagues and collaborators: Christine Beckman, Forrest Briscoe, Emilio Castilla, and Marc Ventresca. We especially want to thank both Steve Barley and Jim Baron who have been mentors and inspirations to all of us.


Burton, M.D., Cohen, L.E. and Lounsbury, M. (2016), "Introduction: Bringing Jobs Back In: Toward a New Multi-Level Approach to the Study of Work and Organizations", The Structuring of Work in Organizations (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 47), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-22.



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