Abell, Peter

Professor Emeritus Peter Abell  


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Deng, Hongzhong and Abell, Peter and Engel, Ofer and Wu, Jun and Tan, Yuejin (2016) The influence of structural balance and homophily/heterophobia on the adjustment of random complete signed networks Social Networks, 44. 190-201. ISSN 0378-8733


Steuer, Max and Abell, Peter and Wynn, Henry (2015) Head-hunter methods for CEO selection Journal of General Management, 41 (1). 3-24. ISSN 0306-3070

Abell, Peter and Engel, Ofer and Wynn, Henry P. (2015) Corporate social responsibility, inequality and corporate governance In: Fryzel, Barbara, (ed.) The True Value of CSR: Corporate Identity and Stakeholder Perceptions. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 163-174. ISBN 781137433183


Deng, Hongzhong and Abell, Peter and Li, Ji and Wu, Jun (2012) A study of sign adjustment in weighted signed networks Social Networks, 34 (2). 253-263. ISSN 0378-8733


Abell, Peter (2011) Singular mechanisms and Bayesian narratives. In: Demeulenaere, Pierre, (ed.) Analytical Sociology and Social Mechanisms. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521154352

Kujawski, B. and Abell, Peter (2011) Virtual communities?: the Middle East revolutions at the Guardian forum: comment is free European Physical Journal B, 83 (4). 525-529. ISSN 1434-6028


Abell, Peter and Ludwig, Mark and Kajawski, B. (2010) Structural balance and group formation: an exploratory study Quality and Quantity. ISSN 0033-5177

Deng, Hongzhong and Abell, Peter (2010) A study of local sign change adjustment in balancing structures Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 34 (4). 253-282. ISSN 1545-5874


Abell, Peter (2009) "I (She) did this because of that": subjective causality and Bayesian narratives in sociological explanation In: Cherkaoui, Mohamed and Hamilton, Peter, (eds.) Raymond Boudon: a Life in Sociology. The Bardwell Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781905622184

Abell, Peter (2009) A case for cases: comparative narratives in sociological explanation Sociological Methods and Research, 38 (1). 38-70. ISSN 0049-1241

Abell, Peter and Ludwig, Mark (2009) Structural balance: a dynamic perspective Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 33 (2). 129-155. ISSN 0022-250x


Abell, Peter (2008) History, case studies, statistics, and causal inference European Sociological Review, 25 (5). 561-567. ISSN 0266-7215

Abell, Peter and Felin, Teppo and Foss, Nicolai (2008) Building micro-foundations for the routines, capabilities, and performance links Managerial and Decision Economics, 29 (6). 489-502. ISSN 0143-6570


Abell, Peter (2007) Are reasons explanations? Contemporary Sociology, 36 (6). 532-534. ISSN 0094-3061

Ludwig, Mark and Abell, Peter (2007) An evolutionary model of social networks European Physical Journal B, 58 (1). 97-105. ISSN 1434-6028

Abell, Peter and Nisar, Tahir M. (2007) Performance effects of venture capital firm networks Management Decision, 45 (5). 923-936. ISSN 0025-1747


Abell, Peter (2006) Organisation theory: an interdisciplinary approach University of London Press, London, UK.


Abell, Peter (2004) Narrative explanation: an alternative to variable-centered explanation? Annual Review of Sociology, 30 (1). 287-310. ISSN 0360-0572


Abell, Peter (2003) On the prospects for a unified social science: economics and sociology Socio-Economic Review, 1 (1). 1-26. ISSN 1475-1461


Abell, Peter (2001) Causality and low-frequency complex events: the role of comparative narratives Sociological Methods and Research, 30 (1). 57-80. ISSN 0049-1241

Abell, Peter and Crouchley, Robert and Mills, Colin (2001) Social capital and entrepreneurship in Great Britain Enterprise and Innovation Management Studies, 2 (2). 119-144. ISSN 1463-2446


Abell, Peter (2000) Putting social theory right? Sociological Theory, 18 (3). 518-523. ISSN 0735-2751

Abell, Peter and Reyniers, Diane J. (2000) On the failure of social theory British Journal of Sociology, 51 (4). 739-750. ISSN 0007-1315

Abell, Peter and Reyniers, Diane J. (2000) Generalised reciprocity and reputation in the theory of cooperation: a framework Analyse and Kritik: Zeitschrift fur Sozialtheorie, 22 (Sympos). 3-18. ISSN 0171-5860


Abell, Peter (1997) Response to Prychitko Critical Review: a Journal of Politics and Society, 11 (2). 311-313. ISSN 0891-3811

Abell, Peter (1997) Rejoinder to Horvat Critical Review: a Journal of Politics and Society, 11 (2). 319-321. ISSN 0891-3811


Abell, Peter (1996) Introduction Rationality and Society, 8 (4). 363-369. ISSN 1043-4631

Abell, Peter (1996) Rational choice theory and sociological theory In: Turner, Bryan S., (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Blackwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780631183990

Abell, Peter (1996) Homo sociologicus: do we need him/her? In: Turner, Stephen, (ed.) Social Theory at the End of the Century. Blackwell, London, UK.

Abell, Peter (1996) Self-employment and entrepreneurship: a study of entry and exit In: Clark, Jon, (ed.) James S. Coleman. The Falmer Press, London, UK, 175-206. ISBN 9780750705110

Abell, Peter (1996) A model of the informal structure (culture) of organizations: help, trust, rivalry and team spirit Rationality and Society, 8 (4). 433-452. ISSN 1043-4631


Abell, Peter (1995) The new institutionalism and rational choice theory In: Scott, W. Richard and Christensen, Soren, (eds.) The Institutional Construction of Organizations: International and Longitudinal Studies. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, USA. ISBN 9780803970717

Abell, Peter and Khalaf, H. and Smeaton, D. (1995) An exploration of entry to and exit from self-employment CEPDP, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Abell, Peter (1995) Self-management: is it postmodernist? Critical Review: a Journal of Politics and Society, 9 (3). 341-348. ISSN 0891-3811


Abell, Peter and Samuels, J. and Cranna, M. (1994) Mergers, motivation and directors' remuneration CEPDP, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Abell, Peter and Crouchley, R. and Smeaton, D. (1994) An aggregate time series analysis of non-agricultural self-employment in the UK CEPDP, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Abell, Peter (1993) Industrial democracy in Europe revisited Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198287865

Abell, Peter and Owen, Geoffrey and Cranna, Mike (1993) The changing role of the finance director Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, London, UK.

Abell, Peter (1993) Narrative method: a reply Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 18 (2). 253-266. ISSN 0022-250x

Abell, Peter (1993) Some aspects of narrative method Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 18 (2). 93-134. ISSN 0022-250x


Abell, Peter (1992) Comparing case studies: an introduction to comparative narratives CEPDP, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Abell, Peter, ed (1991) Rational choice theory Schools of thought in sociology, 8. Edward Elgar, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 9781852783211


Abell, Peter (1990) Denzin on rational choice theory Rationality and Society, 2 (4). 495-499. ISSN 1043-4631

Abell, Peter (1990) The methodological achievements in sociology in the past two decades with special reference to the interplay of quantitative and qualitative methods In: Bryant, Christopher G. A. and Becker, Henk A., (eds.) What Has Sociology Achieved?. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, UK. ISBN 9780333460450

Abell, Peter (1990) Supporting industrial cooperatives in developing countries: some Tanzanian experiences Economic and Industrial Democracy, 11 (4). 483-504. ISSN 0143-831X


Abell, Peter (1985) Comparative narratives: a non technical introduction to qualitative analysis Occasional papers in sociology and social policy, University of Surrey, Guilford, UK.

Halfpenny, Peter and Abell, Peter (1985) National wage-rate claims and settlements - II. An exploratory study of some possible determinants of claims and settlements Sociology, 19 (4). 507-522. ISSN 0038-0385


Halfpenny, P. and Abell, Peter (1980) National wage rate claims and settlements: an exploratory study of trade union bargaining power Sociology, 14 (2). 183-215. ISSN 0038-0385

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