Realist Perspectives on Management and Organisations

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Stephen Ackroyd, Steve Fleetwood
Psychology Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 271 pages
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Realism has been one of the most powerful new developments in philosophy and the social sciences and is now making an increasing impact in business and management studies. This is the first book-length treatment of critical realism in business and management.

It pulls together a wide range of material which is all explicitly or implicitly rooted in philosophical realism, and combines theoretical writing with substantive contributions addressing issues such as the nature of the firm and the labour process which together demonstrates that realism is a powerful alternative to postmodernism and positivism.

 

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Contents

Illustrations
5
PART II
19
What is management? An outline of a metatheory
26
rethinking agency
45
rejecting the current
66
a realist analysis
87
structuration
100
Structure agency and Marxs analysis of the labour process
109
the case of racism
141
Routines strategy and change in hightechnology
161
Managers innovations and the structuration of organisations
181
a segmentation approach
220
a societalspecific system?
245
Index
265
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STEPHEN ACKROYD is Professor of Organizational Analysis inLancaster UniversityManagement School where he is Head of the Department of Organization, Work and Technology. He has conducted various research projects in the NHS over the last twenty years (both alone and with doctoral students). Most of this research in the NHS has shared a focus on the organisation of professional groups within hospitals. This is only one of his research interests, however, and his recent books include: Organizational Misbehaviour (with P. Thompson), Realist Perspectives on Management and Organizations (edited with Steve Fleetwood), The Organization of Business and New Managerialism and Public Service Professions (edited with Ian Kirkpatrick and Richard Walker).

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