Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introductionby Mats Alvesson, Hugh Willmott
Pub. Date: 10/14/1996
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Provocative and thoughtful, this book provides a fresh perspective on management that is both broad and critical. The authors argue for the importance of subjecting received wisdoms about management to scrutiny. Such scrutiny needs to address not only the means but also the outcomes of management theory and practices as social and ecological problems proliferate in
Provocative and thoughtful, this book provides a fresh perspective on management that is both broad and critical. The authors argue for the importance of subjecting received wisdoms about management to scrutiny. Such scrutiny needs to address not only the means but also the outcomes of management theory and practices as social and ecological problems proliferate in the global economy.
The book begins by examining why we should question notions of management as a neutral 'technology' with no moral commitments and consequences, and the role of critical reflection in such questioning. It introduces Critical Theory in the context of other critical traditions in management and the social sciences, and then explores various core management sub-disciplines, examining dominant perspectives within each specialism.
In the final section, the authors consider the possibilities for synthesis between the insights and ideals of Critical Theory and progressive elements in current management thinking. They discuss theoretical implications and issues of practice, in teaching and research in the field, and for managers themselves in their organizational settings.
Making Sense of Management is essential reading for all students, teachers and practitioners of management concerned with the contemporary shortcomings and challenges in the theory, practice and education.
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Table of Contents
Introduction PART ONE: INTRODUCING CRITICAL THEORY TO MANAGEMENT Management in Critical Perspective The Power of Science and the Science of Power Critical Theory Development and Central Themes PART TWO: MANAGEMENT SPECIALISMS IN A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE Critical Conceptualizations of Management Critically Assessing Management Specialisms I Organization Theory, Marketing and Strategic Management Critically Assessing Management Specialisms II Accounting, Information Systems and Operational Research PART THREE: TOWARDS AN INTEGRATION OF CRITICAL THEORY AND MANAGEMENT Recasting Emancipation in Management and Organization Studies Critical Theory and Management Practice
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