The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies by Anshuman Prasad, Pushkala Prasad, Albert J. Mills, Jean

By Anshuman Prasad, Pushkala Prasad, Albert J. Mills, Jean Helms Mills

The scholarly box of severe administration experiences (CMS) is in a nation of flux. opposed to a backdrop of dramatic international shifts, CMS scholarship has in recent times taken a few new and intriguing instructions and, now and then, challenged older serious voices. Novel theoretical frameworks and numerous study pursuits mark the CMS box as by no means ahead of. Interrogating traditional evaluations of administration and arguing for clean methods, The Routledge significant other to severe administration Studies captures this highbrow ferment and new spirit of inquiry inside of CMS, and showcases the pluralistic iteration of CMS students that has emerged in contemporary years.

Setting the scene for a very important interval for the self-discipline, this insightful quantity covers new floor and crucial parts grouped lower than the subsequent themes:

  • Critique and its (dis-)contents
  • Difference, otherness, marginality
  • Knowledge on the crossroads
  • History and discourse
  • Global predicaments.

Drawing at the services of a global staff of contributing students, The Routledge better half to severe administration Studies is a wealthy source and the suitable reference software for college kids and researchers of administration and organization.

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Some of us may be inclined to dispute this somewhat arbitrary (dare we say even unreflective) narrative about the ‘origin’ of CMS because of the existence of a much longer history of scholarly critiques of organizations, work and administrative practices. Clearly, such critiques were occurring during the 1970s and the 1980s in a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary programs, such as industrial relations, labor economics, sociology, public administration, management, women’s studies, business history, organizational communication, anthropology and so forth, and critical works of that time were posing a variety of fundamental and difficult questions about the desirability and effectiveness of contemporary work and organizational arrangements.

We need to keep in mind that functional boundaries in business education emerged partly out of a pragmatic need to provide training to students in different functions. Holding onto (or fetishizing) these boundaries while trying to make critical sense of organizational processes and dynamics may be useful, perhaps, for certain forms of journal publishing and academic career building, but not necessarily for strengthening the broader scholarly project of critique focusing upon management and organizations.

Nevertheless, it still appears to be the case that large parts of CMS remain distinctly Eurocentric in terms of their overall intellectual approach and apparatus. g. ), and it is beyond the scope of this chapter to systematically go over this much treaded ground. We would, however, like to highlight a few limitations of Eurocentrism, which may work to seriously undermine the overall project of critique in (organizational) scholarship. In brief, by positing that European culture and European/Western genres of knowledge occupy a privileged and universal (epistemological) center, Eurocentrism exerts relentless pressure on scholarship to attempt to understand all forms of being and organizing – Western as well as non-Western – solely in reference to Europe/the West and only by means of employing European/Western concepts and categories that barely even begin to capture the diversity and complexity of myriad forms of action and experience across the multiplicity of cultures that populate the planet.

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