This collection was inspired by the idea of reassessing the importance of David Silverman's "Theory of Organizations". The 12 essays contained here explore, in varied ways, the impact and current status of Silverman's ideas and how they relate to future directions in organization theory. The volume opens with a chapter by Silverman himself. Subsequent chapters investigate key issues in the study of organizations, including structure and agency, the politics of organization theory and the meanings of post-positivist organizational analysis. Contemporary debates on postmodernism, the emotions, gender and structuration are discussed in the context of the development of organizational theory in the last 25 years. Providing insights into the continuities within orgnizational theory and provoking thought about future directions, this volume should be of interest to advanced undergraduates and academics in the sociology of organizations, organizational behaviour, management, industrial relations and social theory. The editors' other works include: "Sociology and Organisation Theory" Hassard (CUP, 1993); and "Postmodernism and Organisation".