Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) was one of the most innovative social scientists of our time. This volume intends to provide access to the concepts of Luhmann's theory, to present an overview of those parts of his work relevant for organizational studies, and to stimulate further research by providing new applications of his theory to questions for organization and management.
David Seidl is Assistant Professor of Organization and Strategy at the University of Munich. Kai Helge Becker is a researcher at the Department of Operational Research, London School of Economics.
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Important as it may be, Luhmann¿s theory of autopoietic systems is only in small parts avaible in English. Including four articles authored by Luhmann himself, the contributions in this book offer a much needed introduction of Luhmann¿s work., and explore its many implications for today¿s organization theory. A must read for an English speaking audience interested in one of the monuments of modern social theory. Erhard Friedberg, Professor of Sociology, at Science Po Paris, and Director of the Center for the Sociology of Organizations.