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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'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: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Bradford, England, Stewart Clegg was Reader at Griffith University (1976-84), Professor at the University of New England (1985-9), Professor at the University of St. Andrews (1990-3), Foundation Professor at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, (1993-6) before moving to UTS. He is Research Director of CMOS (Centre for Management and Organisation Studies) Research at UTS, and holds a small number of Visiting Professorships at prestigious European universities and research centres. He is one of the most published and cited authors in the top-tier journals in the Organization Studies field and the only Australian to be recognised a by a multi-method ranking, as one of the world’s top-200 “Management Guru’s” in What's the Big Idea? Creating and Capitalizing on the Best New Management Thinking by Thomas H. Davenport, Laurence Prusak, and H. James Wilson (2003), Harvard: Harvard Business Review Press. Because the central focus of his theoretical work has always been on power relations he has been able to write on many diverse and ubiquitous topics – because power relations are everywhere! He is the author of two widely used textbooks on Management & Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice (with Martin Kornberger and Tyrone Pitsis) and Strategy: Theory and Practice (with Chris Carter, Martin Kornberger and Jochen Schweitzer), both published by Sage. He is also the chief editor of the Handbook of Organization Studies (with Cynthia Hardy, Walter F. Nord and Thomas B. Lawrence), Handbook of Power (with Mark Haugaard) and Handbook of Macro-Organizational Behaviour (with Cary Cooper), all published by Sage. In 2012 he will publish a book with Oxford University Press on The Virtues of Leadership: Contemporary Challenges for Global Managers (with Arménio Regio, and Miguel Pinha e Cunha), as well as a set of eight 'Major Works" on Power and Organizations and Political Power and Organizations, jointly edited with Mark Haugaard. Outside work he enjoys cultural pursuits, travel, and current affairs.

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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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