Prinzipale, Agenten und Macht 978-3-16-147832-1 - Mohr Siebeck
Cultural Studies

Nicole J. Saam

Prinzipale, Agenten und Macht

Eine machttheoretische Erweiterung der Agenturtheorie und ihre Anwendung auf Interaktionsstrukturen in der Organisationsberatung

[Principals, Agents and Power. A Power-Based Theoretical Extension of Agency Theory and its Application to Interaction Structures in Organizational Consulting. By Nicole J. Saam.]

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In this work, the author concentrates on sociological theory building in the field of organizational theory, to be more precise, on agency theory as a branch of the New Institutional Economics which analyzes the relationship between principals and agents. Nicole J. Saam puts forward the hypothesis that in relations between principals and agents there is not only asymmetrical information which favors the agent but also an asymmetry in power which favors the principal. She demonstrates that an agency theory which has been theoretically extended in terms of power and which thereby assumes opposing asymmetries in relation to information and power has more explanatory weight and is of higher empirical relevance than the traditional agency theory.
In this work, the author concentrates on sociological theory building in the field of organizational theory, to be more precise, on agency theory as a branch of the New Institutional Economics which analyzes the relationship between principals and agents. Nicole J. Saam puts forward the hypothesis that in relations between principals and agents there is not only asymmetrical information which favors the agent but also an asymmetry in power which favors the principal. She demonstrates that an agency theory which has been theoretically extended in terms of power and which thereby assumes opposing asymmetries in relation to information and power has more explanatory weight and is of higher empirical relevance than the traditional agency theory.
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Nicole J. Saam Geboren 1964; Studium der Politikwissenschaft, Volkswirtschaftslehre und Soziologie in Stuttgart; 1989–92 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, München; 1993–2001 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Assistentin am Institut für Soziologie in München; 1995 Promotion (Politikwissenschaft); 2001 Habilitation (Soziologie); seit 2001 Oberassistentin in München; im Sommer 2002 Vertretung einer Professur für Soziologie in Mannheim.

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