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Reason's Neglect: Rationality and Organizing

Barbara Townley


Reason, and the need to Be Rational, are essential dimensions of society and the organizations we live and work in. Yet the ‘rationalization’ of working and administrative processes, or the ‘rationality’ studied in social sciences, is all too often, used, understood, and interpreted in an extremely narrow sense. This book does three things. Firstly, it argues that rationality is a leitmotif of organization studies, but one that has often been neglected. Secondly, it deploys Foucault's work to recover the neglected dimensions of rationality. In doing this, it allows for a revisionary exploratio ... More

Keywords: reason, rationalization, rationality, Foucault, organizational theory, bureaucracy, technology, culture, practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Townley, author
Chair of Management, School of Management, University of St. Andrews, UK