Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introduction

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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)

Meet the Author

Mats Alvesson is a Visiting Lecterer at Exeter University, He holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University in Sweden. He has published a large selection of journals and has contributed too many handbooks as well. He is also on the Board for the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Strategic Organizations, Management Communication Quarterly and Organizational Research Methods and a co-editor of Organization. He is currently leading a large scale europe wide study on how specialists secure and enhance their managerial identity.

Mats Alvesson is on the editorial board for The Academy Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organinzation, Management Communication Quarterly and Organizational Research Methods and a co-editor of Organization.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Management in Critical Perspective 9
2 The Power of Science and the Science of Power 43
3 Critical Theory: Development and Central Themes 67
4 Critical Conceptualizations of Management 91
5 Critically Assessing Management Specialisms I: Organization Theory, Marketing and Strategic Management 110
6 Critically Assessing Management Specialisms II: Accounting, Information Systems and Operational Research 139
7 Recasting Emancipation in Management and Organization Studies 159
8 Critical Theory and Management Practice 188
References 215
Index 239
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