Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

The First Edition of Making Sense of Management set out to provide a fresh perspective on management that was both broad and critical, exploring how the disruptive and constructive potential of critical theory can be realized in organizations. Along the way, it has proven to be a landmark contribution to critical management studies. As well as setting the agenda for current research, this revised edition has been written to appeal to a broader readership and open up critical theory for the general management student. The Second Edition includes new sections on HRM, brands, identity, ethics and leadership have been fully developed alongside the rest of the text to reflect the current state of play in critical management studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Heather Short
As a business owner I was particularly attracted by the real life examples, which were included, although, as a Ph D student I was more interested in the academic references and theories. However the ideas for developing a more critical approach generally are likely to be useful to me in both spheres of my life. While this book seems primarily to be for Critical Management Studies researchers and students, anyone with an interest in critical perspectives of management could benefit from reading it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849200868
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/30/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (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

Introduction
PART ONE: INTRODUCING CRITICAL THEORY TO MANAGEMENT
Management in Critical Perspective
Critical Thinking
Forms of Knowledge and the Limits of Critique
PART TWO: MANAGEMENT SPECIALISMS IN A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE
Critical Conceptualizations of Management
Critically Assessing Management Specialisms I
Organization Theory, HRM and Leadership
Critically Assessing Management Specialisms II
Marketing and Strategic Management
Critically Assessing Management Specialisms III
Accounting, Information Systems and Operational Research
PART THREE: RECASTING CRITICAL THEORY AND MANAGEMENT
Recasting Emancipation in Management and Organization Studies
Critical Theory and Management Practice
Appendix: Brief History of the Frankfurt School

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