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It could be said, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, that critical management studies is in disarray. Examining the often overlooked negative aspects of organization and management, the interpretive nature of the critical approach means that the very claim of being ‘critical’ is constantly questioned and challenged.

Mats Alvesson and Hugh Willmott are two of the founding fathers of modern critical management studies, and with this collection, guide the reader through the theoretical schools that have been seminal to the critical examination of the culture, subjectivity and meanings of management studies. As well as offering the last word on critical management studies of the last century, this collection also offers a selection of more recently published work that is set to set the agenda in the years to come.

Volume 1: Origins, Developments and Debates, incorporating classic works and broad reviews of the field.

Volume 2: Perspectives: The Diversity of Critical Analyses, providing examples of the wide variety of critical approaches in management studies.

Volume 3: The Specialisms of Management, presenting key critical contributions to specific areas of management, such as accounting, human resource management and strategy.

Volume 4: Established and Emergent Themes, covering the topical present and future of critical management studies, from knowledge management to gender and diversity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803984554
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/29/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Mats Alvesson holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University in Sweden and is also part-time professor at University of Queensland Business School. He has done extensive research and published widely in the areas of qualitative and reflexive methodology, critical theory, organizational culture, knowledge work, identity in organizations, gender, organizational change, management consultancy etc. He has published 20 books with leading publishers and hundreds of articles, many of which are widely cited and used on higher levels in university education.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Critical Theory and Management Studies: An Introduction 1
2 Disciplinary Power in the Modern Corporation 21
3 Critical Ethnography: On Fieldwork in Habermasian Way 46
4 The Organization of Pleasure 66
5 Technical, Practical and Critical OR - Past, Present and Future? 90
6 Critical Theory and Accounting 113
7 Marketing Discourse and Practice: Towards a Critical Analysis 136
8 Information Systems and Critical Theory 159
9 Personnel/Organization Psychology: A Critique of the Discipline 181
10 Critical Social Science for Managers? Promising and Perverse Possibilities 202
Index 223
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