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Studying Management Critically

Studying Management Critically

First Edition
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October 2003 | 230 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`An excellent source for graduate students, especially in the field of human resource development, who are exploring areas for future research of a critical nature' - Adult Education Quarterly

Drawing upon a range of influential contemporary movements in the social sciences, primarily upon critical traditions, such as the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, this text provides a wide ranging analysis of management and its various specialisms.

The book offers critical understandings of key areas of management theory and practice such as accounting, strategic management, marketing, business ethics and environmental management. It also examines the relations between power and discursive practices in the modern corporation; the role of architecture as a repressive and emancipatory force in organizations; gender and organizations and critical methodology for organizational research. Key issues of power/knowledge relations across these areas are addressed and new agendas both for these fields and for management studies as a whole are introduced.

Contributing authors include: Mats Alvesson, Gibson Burrell, David Cooper, Karen Dale, Stan Deetz, Linda Forbes, John Forester, John Jermier, David Levy, Joanne Martin, Glenn Morgan, Martin Parker, Mike Power, Richard Loughlin and Hugh Willmott

Mats Alvesson and Hugh Willmott
Stanley Deetz
Disciplinary Power, Conflict Suppression and Human Resource Management
John Forester
On Fieldwork in a Habermasian Way
Critical Ethnography and the Extra-Ordinary Character of Ordinary Professional Work

Joanne Martin
Feminist Theory and Critical Theory
Unexplored Synergies

David L Levy, Mats Alvesson and Hugh Willmott
Critical Approaches to Strategic Management
Glenn Morgan
Marketing and Critique
Prospects and Problems

Michael Power, Richard Laughlin and David J Cooper
Accounting and Critical Theory
John M Jermier and Linda C Forbes
Greening Organizations
Critical Issues

Gibson Burrell and Karen Dale
Building Better Worlds?
Architecture and Critical Management Studies

Martin Parker
Business, Ethics and Business Ethics
Critical Theory and Negative Dialectics


This book gives a broad expanse of areas for consideration for MBA students in the area of Leadership and Management; as well as emphasising the application of critical analysis to the area of personal leadership development within multi-disciplinary areas of business. The publication therefore poses interesting questions for an emergent and developing leader.

Mr Ian Norman McDonald
School of Business, University of Bolton
June 26, 2015

This is a great book as an introduction to the more critical issues in the business field. I feel that some of the readings from this text will help students to engage with their own critical thinking, if not directly with the themes of the book itself. Critical thinking is often tricky for students, particularly those not from an academic background, as with our executive MBA. Therefore, the clear examples in this text will be very useful.

Dr James Cunningham
Management, Robert Gordon University
November 27, 2015

A very good and critical underpinning (perhaps a deconstructionist) of management

Dr Abdoulie Sallah
Business School, Staffordshire University
November 13, 2014

This book offers valuable background information for students to develop familiarity with CMS

Mr David Anderson
Dept of Management & Leadership, Lincoln University
August 27, 2011

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