Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introduction

Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introduction

by Mats Alvesson, Hugh Willmott
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803983892
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/14/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Management in Critical Perspective9
2The Power of Science and the Science of Power43
3Critical Theory: Development and Central Themes67
4Critical Conceptualizations of Management91
5Critically Assessing Management Specialisms I: Organization Theory, Marketing and Strategic Management110
6Critically Assessing Management Specialisms II: Accounting, Information Systems and Operational Research139
7Recasting Emancipation in Management and Organization Studies159
8Critical Theory and Management Practice188
References215
Index239

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