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Four Organizational Theory perspectives

Four Organizational Theory perspectives, namely Modernist, Critical theorist, Symbolic Interpretivist and Postmodernist, produce different narratives about inequality in organisations.

Choose two Organisational Theory perspectives. Based on your selected perspectives, identify and draw out the two readings out of the given list that match your chosen perspectives.

Critically analyse the two readings and evaluate how their ontological and epistemological positions result in a different understanding and narrative of inequality within organisations.

Four provided readings are as follows:

  1. Holck, L 2016, ‘Spatially embedded inequality: exploring structure, agency, and ethnic minority strategies to navigate organizational opportunity structures’, Personnel Review, vol. 45, issue 4, pp. 643 – 662.
  2. Kemp, LJ 2016, ‘“Trapped” by metaphors for organizations: Thinking and seeing women’s equality and inequality’, Human Relations, vol. 69, issue 4, pp. 975-1000.
  3. Shuck, B, Collins, JC, Rocco, TS and Diaz, R 2016, ‘Deconstructing the Privilege and Power of Employee Engagement Issues of Inequality for Management and Human Resource Development’, Human Resource Development Review, vol. 15, issue 2, pp. 208-229.
  4. Sieben, B, Braun, T & Ferreira, AI 2016, ‘Reproduction of ‘Typical’gender roles in temporary organizations—No surprise for whom? The case of cooperative behaviors and their acknowledgement’, Scandinavian Journal of Management, vol. 32, issue 1, pp. 52-62.

Note: These readings are underpinned by different ontological epistemological assumptions that distinguish them as Modernist, Critical Theorist, Symbolic Interpretivist or Postmodernist.

” Your task is to de-constructing the papers, and depending on which perspective you choose, demonstrating your ability to recognise the different assumptions made by modernist, critical theorist, symbolic interpretivist or postmodernist writings. Remember, you choose only two.

Do avoid explaining the concepts of ontology and epistemology.  Do not use up significant parts of your essay explaining the background, but clearly identify and justify the way you have identified the classifications.

Clearly identify the two perspectives in your introduction and identify the two papers associated with your chosen perspectives.

You may compare the different perspectives and how each deals with inequality.

You may conclude by critically reflecting how managers may use this to resolve organisational problems relating to inequality

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