Management writing out of bounds: writing after postcolonialism

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When thinking is moving out of the grids of the binary structure, writing practices may become a source of reflection and debate. Management Writing Out Of Bounds is an attempt to bring the issue of writing into discussion in the field of management studies and organization theory. Rather than serving as a handbook or recipe book for how writing should be organized and practiced, the book seeks to outline some of the ontological, epistemological, methodological and political debates and discussions that has served as the field of emergence for a new image of management writing. Management writing is here no longer solely a matter of employing a transparent and self-contained regime of representations, but rather becomes a creative and highly inventive practice of inscribing certain practices, events and occurrences in organizations. Writing management is then no longer a matter of "writing up the text" but is instead an important process of aligning a heterogeneous empirical material and the language at hand. The post-colonial critique has brought issues of heterogeneity and hybridity into discussion. The Western canon, its philosophy, science, and politics, has emphasized unity over the multiple, homogeneity over heterogeneity, and linearity over the fluid and fluxing. In the social sciences and humanities, notions such as assemblages, multiplicities, rhizomes, teratology, heteroglossia, and so forth are theoretical constructs, intellectual tools, aimed at capturing a changing and becoming world wherein the line of demarcation between the One and the Many are no longer always of necessity easy to determine.The book is aimed for students, researchers, practicing managers and consultants concerned about the epistemological and political facets of management writing and the social production of management texts and management as a discipline.Alexander Styhre is Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden.

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