Sociology of Management as a Special Socio-regulative Theory:
Genesis, Status, Outlook

Shcherbina V.V.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Prof., Chief Researcher, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS, Moscow, Russia

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250009420-5
ID of the Article: 8145

The paper is supported by RFBR, project No. 19-18-00345.

For citation:

Shcherbina V.V. Sociology of Management as a Special Socio-regulative Theory: Genesis, Status, Outlook. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2020. No 5. P. 56-66


The article is devoted to clarifying specifics of sociology of management (SM) as one of two (along with SO – sociology of organizations) special sociological regulatory theories. Problems of social regulation, so the author, were relevant for sociologists who worked in the country and in the world from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. Conditions and grounds that stimulated emergence and development of SM precisely and only in our country are discussed so as to determine competency of considering SM today as a special sociological and regulatory theory in relation to: a) the dominant ideas in Western countries about the status and characteristics of sociology as a science; b) different interpretations of what is commonly understood as the characteristics of sociology as a science and sociological theory. Author offers a solution of the question of whether, and if so, on what basis is it possible to revive the version of sociology that would position itself as a full-fledged social science today.

sociology; sociological theory; social theories; special sociological theory; sociological and regulatory theories; sociology of management; sociology of organizations; formation of a social order; changing the social order


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