Parsons as an Organization Theorist

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Talcott Parsons was America's most influential sociologist in the 1950s and 1960s-bringing Max Weber's work to America, building a multidisciplinary social sciences approach at Harvard, and developing a highly integrated and complex theory of social action. Even before his death in 1979, however, his star had greatly dimmed; today his work is rarely read. And that, this article argues, is unfortunate, because he still has far more to say than anyone before or since on the core concepts of sociology: trust, values, commitment, and other 'normative' aspects of behavior. The article also argues, by using his model to think through the current growth of collaborative systems in business firms, that it still generates many fruitful avenues for organization theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies
Subtitle of host publicationClassical Foundations
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577352
ISBN (Print)9780199535231
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


  • Business firms
  • Collaborative systems
  • Max weber
  • Organization theory
  • Social sciences
  • Talcott parsons


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