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The performance of authority in organizations: an example from management consulting

  • Alaric Bourgoin

    (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Mines ParisTech)

  • Nicolas Bencherki

    (Polytechnic Institute of New York University)

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    Sketches a pragmatist model of authority by studying the case of a consultant faced with the issue of establishing his authority in the actual context of a consulting assignment, and showing how the consultant invokes various “figures” that lend weight to his actions.

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    Paper provided by Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI), Mines ParisTech in its series CSI Working Papers Series with number 029.

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    Length: 38 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:emn:wpaper:029
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    1. Aghion, Philippe & Tirole, Jean, 1997. "Formal and Real Authority in Organizations," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 105(1), pages 1-29, February.
    2. Wouter Dessein, 2002. "Authority and Communication in Organizations," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 69(4), pages 811-838.
    3. Gideon Kunda & Stephen R. Barley & James Evans, 2002. "Why do contractors contract? The experience of highly skilled technical professionals in a contingent labor market," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 55(2), pages 234-261, January.
    4. Bradley G. Jackson, 1996. "Re-Engineering the Sense of Self: the Manager and the Management Guru," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(5), pages 571-590, 09.
    5. Sanford J Grossman & Oliver D Hart, 2001. "An Analysis of the Principal-Agent Problem," Levine's Working Paper Archive 391749000000000339, David K. Levine.
    6. Baker, George & Gibbons, Robert & Murphy, Kevin J, 1999. "Informal Authority in Organizations," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(1), pages 56-73, April.
    7. Bergström, Ola & Hasselbladh, Hans & Kärreman, Dan, 2009. "Organizing disciplinary power in a knowledge organization," Scandinavian Journal of Management, Elsevier, vol. 25(2), pages 178-190, June.
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