Critical Management Studies

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Hugh Willmott
SAGE, Aug 11, 1992 - Critical theory - 240 pages
Drawing on a range of influential contemporary movements in the social sciences, particularly Critical Theory, this volume introduces a critical analysis for the study of management and the various management functions.

The book examines: the relations between power and discursive practices in the modern corporation; the construction of pleasure as a potentially subversive and emancipatory force in organizational life; the double-edged role of a critical social science for managers; and doing critical management research. It also analyzes the nature and consequences of current practices in accounting, operational research, marketing, personnel and organizational psychology and information systems. Key issues of power/knowledge relations across these areas are addressed and new agendas both for these fields and for management studies as a whole are introduced.

 

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Contents

Disciplinary Power in the Modern Corporation
21
On Fieldwork in a Habermasian
46
The Organization of Pleasure
66
Technical Practical and Critical OR Past Present
90
Critical Theory and Accounting
113
Towards a Critical
136
Information Systems and Critical Theory
159
A Critique of
181
Critical Social Science for Managers? Promising
202
Index
223
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