Sur les Traces de Michel Crozier en Amérique : Verités au pays de Veritas

Citation:

Anteby, Michel. 2017. “Sur les Traces de Michel Crozier en Amérique : Verités au pays de Veritas.” French Politics, Culture & Society 35 (3): 91-104. Copy at https://j.mp/2ALJeMB

Abstract:

The sociologist Michel Crozier went to North America several times, including visits to the universities of California, Harvard, Michigan, and Stanford. He always saw himself as a friend, even an admirer, of the United States. But what scholarly impact did he have on the US field of organizational behavior? Relying on an analysis of Crozier’s citation-impact within a sample of organizational behavior journals, this article demonstrates that his footprint on this academic field proved fairly light. His refusal to adopt a unitary normative approach can in part explain this relatively limited impact. Crozier preferred to unearth multiple truths (plural) rather than only one truth (singular). His ideology of non-ideology might otherwise have gained more followers in certain faculties, most notably at the Harvard Business School, where his position echoed the dominant viewpoint.