Theology and Organization

Bent Meier Sørensen, Sverre Spoelstra, Heather Höpfl, Simon Critchley

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikel

Abstrakt

This Introduction argues for the importance of theology for the study of organization. It also draws the contours of a possible ‘theology of organization’. Theology of organization, as we use it here, does not refer to a study of organization that is rooted in faith, nor does it refer to a study of religious practices in organizations. Instead, theology of organization recognizes that the way we think about and act in organizations is profoundly structured by theological concepts. In this editorial to the special issue we have three aims: to outline what theology of organization is, to show how it builds upon Carl Schmitt’s ‘political theology’ and Giorgio Agamben’s ‘economic theology’ and finally to propose three different forms that theology of organization can take. These forms of theology of organization respectively (1) analyse organizational concepts as secularized theological concepts, (2) show how theological concepts have survived unaltered in organizational contexts and (3) show how theological concepts have been corrupted or lost their original meaning when deployed in organizational contexts. In the final section of this editorial, we introduce the five contributions to this issue and indicate how they connect to the three forms of theology of organization that we have proposed.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftOrganization
Vol/bind19
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)267-279
Antal sider13
ISSN1350-5084
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2012

Citationsformater

Sørensen, B. M., Spoelstra, S., Höpfl, H., & Critchley, S. (2012). Theology and Organization. Organization, 19(3), 267-279. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508412437464