Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introduction

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SAGE, Aug 13, 1996 - Critical theory - 256 pages
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'A critical-academic-analysis of received wisdom, for serious students of the subject' "- Long Range Planning

"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 i

 

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Contents

Introducing Critical Theory to Management
9
The Power of Science and the Science of Power
43
Development and Central Themes
67
Management Specialisms in a Critical Perspective
91
Organization
110
Accounting
139
Towards an Integration of Critical Theory
159
Critical Theory and Management Practice
188
References
215
Index
239
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Page 18 - We shrink back from the truth if we believe that the destructive forces of the modern world can be 'brought under control' simply by mobilizing more resources — of wealth, education, and research — to fight pollution, to preserve wildlife, to discover new sources of energy, and to arrive at more effective agreements on peaceful coexistence. Needless to say, wealth, education, research, and many other things are needed for any...

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Mats Alvessonis Professor of Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden and a part-time professor at University of Queensland Business School. He has published a large number of books on a variety of topics, including Reflexive Methodology (with Kaj Skoldberg, Sage 2009. 2. nd ed), Understanding Organizational Culture (Sage 2012, 2.nd ed), Understanding Gender and Organization (with Yvonne Billing, Sage 2009, 2.nd ed), Knowledge Work and Knowledge-intensive Firms (Oxford University Press 2004) and Changing Organizational Culture (with Stefan Sveningsson, Routledge 2008) samt Interpreting Interviews (Sage 2011), Qualitative Research and Theory Development (Sage 2011, with Dan K rreman) and Metaphors We Lead By (Routledge 2011, ed with Andr Spicer).

Chris Grey is a Reader in Organization Theory at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge. He is a co-editor of Essential Readings in Management Learning (with Elena Antonacopoulou, Sage, 2003), Editor-in-chief of Management Learning, European Co-editor of the Journal of
Management Inquiry, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management, Critical Journal of International Business, Philosophy of Management, and Organization.
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.

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