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Abstract

German-language organizational sociology is diverse and closely related to international debates. Nonetheless, it has specific features. This article provides an overview over current contributions by identifying five main research areas: (1) formal structures, boundary work, and effects of best-management practices; (2) influences of the technological and institutional environment; (3) theoretical issues and organizational types; (4) new forms of organizing work; and (5) technology and innovation. It subsequently discusses important publications on each of these research areas and illustrates typical research approaches. Finally, it highlights two assets of German- language organizational sociology: first, its ambitious theoretical aspirations, as expressed in particular its combination of organizational and social theories; and second, its thematic interest in (new) technologies as well as in issues related to economic sociology.

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