Critical Management Studies: A Reader

Critical Management Studies: A Reader

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Edited by Christopher Grey, Edited by Hugh Willmott

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 26mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199286086
  • ISBN 13: 9780199286089
  • Sales rank: 1,311,269

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'Critical Management Studies', or 'CMS', has emerged over the last ten years as the term to describe a diverse group of work that has adopted a critical or questioning approach to the traditional concerns of Management Studies. In this time, CMS has come to exert an increasing influence in Management and Management Studies, and while it has prompted fierce debate about its validity and use, there is no doubt that the rapidly growing interest in CMS has produced a vibrant and exciting body of work. Christopher Grey and Hugh Willmott, leading authorities in this area, have collected together seventeen readings which reflect these developments, and show why CMS has become an important field of research. The book is divided into four sections, 'Anticipating CMS', looking at some of the roots of CMS, 'Studying Management Critically', 'Critical Studies of Management', and 'Assessing CMS', examining some of the internal and external critical discussions of CMS. Each reading and its significance is introduced by the editors, and in their introduction to the Reader, they reflect more broadly on the history of CMS. In particular, they consider its institutionalization, both in terms of its becoming an identifiable body of work or approach, and its institutional context within business schools, and indeed what it means to produce a Reader of critical work. As an assessment of CMS, the Reader will be of interest to academics, researchers, and students of Management Studies. As an introduction to CMS, the book will prove invaluable to students taking courses requiring familiarity with the CMS literature. Includes work by: Paul S. Adler, Mats Alvesson, P. D. Anthony, James R. Barker, Loren Baritz, Stewart Clegg, Bill Cooke, Stanley Deetz, David Dunkerley, Christopher Grey, Heather Hopfl, David Knights, Richard Marsden, C Wright Mills, Martin Parker, Rosemary Pringle, Paul Thompson, Barbara Townley, Hugh Willmott, and Edward Wray-Bliss.

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Author information

Hugh Willmott is Diageo Professor of Management Studies at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge. He is a co-editor of Critical Management Studies (Sage, 1992), and Studying Management Critically (Sage, 2003) - both with Mats Alvesson, and co-author with Mats Alvesson of Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introduction (Sage, 1996). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies.

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; SECTION I: ANTICIPATING CRITICAL MANAGEMENT STUDIES ; 2. Management Ideology ; 3. The Servants of Power ; 4. Critical Issues in Organizations ; 5. The Power Elite ; SECTION II: STUDYING MANAGEMENT CRITICALLY ; 6. Critical Theory and Postmodernism: Approaches to Organization Studies ; 7. Changing Spaces: The Disruptive Impact of New Epistemological Location for the Study of Management ; 8. The Politics of Organizational Analysis ; SECTION III: CRITICAL STUDIES OF MANAGEMENT ; 9. Market, Hierarchy, and Trust: The Knowledge Economy and the Future of Capitalism ; 10. Tightening the Iron Cage: Concertive Control in Self-Managing Teams ; 11. The Managing of the (Third) World ; 12. The Making of the Corporate Acolyte: Some Thoughts on Charismatic Leadership and the Reality of Organizational Commitment ; 13. Sexuality at Work ; 14. Performance Appraisal and the Emergence of Management ; 15. Studying Managerial Work: A Critique and a Proposal ; SECTION IV: ASSESSING CRITICAL MANAGEMENT STUDIES ; 17. Writing Critical Management Studies ; 18. Brands, Boundaries, and Bandwagons: A Critical Reflection on Critical Management Studies ; 19. Abstract Ethics, Embodied Ethics: The Strange Marriage of Foucault and Positivism in Labour Process Theory