Sur les traces de Michel Crozier en Amérique

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  • 1 Boston University manteby@bu.edu
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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.

Contributor Notes

Michel Anteby est professeur associé en sociologie des organisations à l’Université de Boston et chercheur associé au Centre de sociologie des organisations (Sciences-Po/CNRS). Ses recherches portent sur la manière dont les individus s’attachent à leur travail, à leur profession, et aux organisations qui les emploient. Il a notamment mené des travaux sur l’évolution de ces at –tachements lors de l’automatisation du travail dans des usines aéronautiques en France et lors de la masculinisation des équipes de sécurité dans les aéroports aux États-Unis.

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