The Politics of Management Knowledge

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The notion that management knowledge is universal, culture-neutral, readily transferable to any country or situation, has come under mounting challenge. The Politics of Management Knowledge goes beyond such 'broad-brush' assertions to explore in detail the relations between management knowledge, power and practice in a world where globalization highlights, rather than obscures, the locally specific character of many management recipes.

The book recognizes the political nature of management knowledge as a discourse produced from, and reproducing, power processes within and between organizations. This theme underpins discussion of the ways in which management ideas and practices 'produce' managers of a particular kind

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Editorial Reviews

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'A valuable collection of readings which will assist both academics and practising managers who are seeking clarification on the themes and language of postmodernism as a framework for interpreting management knowledge - one most likely to assist management educators gain further insights into a field which is being recognised as extensive and complex' - Financial Times, New Delhi

'I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in critical approaches to management' - Asia Pacific Business Review

'The reader will find a number of stimulating analyses of management practices' - European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

'The Politics of Management Knowledge explores the relations between management knowledge, power and practice within the context of globalisation.... [the book] presents open discussion on a range of issues, identification of advantages and disadvantages of various perspectives followed by the identification of possible criteria for choosing a solution. There is a constant ideology throughout that is averse to adopting one model, rather the need for flexibility and creative lateral thinking is encouraged in the reader. Overall I feel that this is an interesting read which could benefit many academics and students' - School Leadership and Management

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803979345
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/4/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Stewart Clegg is a prolific publisher of several hundred articles in leading academic journals in strategy, social science, management and organization theory; is also the author and editor of about fifty books, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the recipient of significant awards from the American Academy of Management for his contributions to management theory and practice.
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Stewart R Clegg and Gill Palmer
Producing Management Knowledge
Making Up Managers - Paul du Gay
Enterprise and the Ethos of Bureaucracy
The Mentality of Management - Klaus P Hansen
Self-Images of American Top Executives
The Role of Social Identity in the International Transfer of Knowledge through Joint Ventures - John Child and Suzana Rodrigues
Lean Production - Bengt Sandkull
The Myth which Changes the World?
The International Popularization of Entrepreneurial Ideas - Jos[ac]e Luis Alvarez
Excellence at Large - Eduardo Ibarra-Colado
Power, Knowledge and Organizational Forms in Mexican Universities
From Cultural Imperialism to Independence - Jean-Fran[ci]cois Chanlat
Francophone Resistance to Anglo-American Definitions of Management Knowledge in Qu[ac]ebec
Interrogating Reframing - Ian Palmer and Richard Dunford
Evaluating Metaphor-Based Analyses of Organizations
Managing Sceptically - Harvie Ramsay
A Critique of Organizational Fashion
The Axeman Cometh - Harry Scarbrough and Gibson Burrell
The Changing Roles and Knowledges of Middle Managers
Management Knowledge for the Future - Stewart R Clegg et al
Innovation, Embryos and New Paradigms
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