Critical Management Research: Reflections from the Field
Publication Year: 2014
This is an invaluable collection of reflections and experiences from world-class researchers undertaking Critical Management Studies (CMS). The editors and contributors reflect on ethics and reflexivity in critical management research, and explore the identity of the critical researcher both as an individual and working within collaborative projects. Using contemporary accounts from those engaged in real world fieldwork they outline what critical management is, and explore its relationship to management research. The book discusses the implications of critical management when: • Developing research questions • Managing research relationships • Using various methods of data collection • Writing accounts of your research, findings and analysis. Grounded in practical problems and processes this title sets out and then answers the challenges faced by critical researchers doing research in organization and management studies.
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Approaching the field
- Chapter 2: Problematization meets mystery creation: Generating new ideas and findings through assumption-challenging research
- Chapter 3: Researcher collaboration: Learning from experience
- In the field
- Chapter 4: Critical ethnographic research: Negotiations, influences, and interests
- Chapter 5: Critical action research
- Chapter 6: Doing research in your own organization: Being native, going stranger
- Chapter 7: Critical and compassionate interviewing: Asking until it makes sense
- Chapter 8: Critical netnography: Conducting critical research online
- Out of the field
- Chapter 9: Motifs in the methods section: Representing the qualitative research process
- Chapter 10: Thickening thick descriptions: Overinterpretations in critical organizational ethnography
- Chapter 11: Conceptually grounded analysis: The elusive facticity and ethical upshot of ‘organization’
- Reflections on the field
- Chapter 12: Writing: What can be said, by who, and where?
- Chapter 13: Conclusion: Reflexivity, ethics and the researcher
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Chapter 1 © Emma Jeanes and Tony Huzzard 2014
Chapter 2 © Mats Alvesson and Jörgen Sandberg 2014
Chapter 3 © Emma Jeanes, Bernadette Loacker and Martyna S’liwa 2014
Chapter 4 © Daniel Nyberg and Helen Delaney 2014
Chapter 5 © Tony Huzzard and Yvonne Johansson 2014
Chapter 6 © Mathias Skrutkowski 2014
Chapter 7 © Susanne Ekman 2014
Chapter 8 © Jon Bertilsson 2014
Chapter 9 © Karen Lee Ashcraft and Catherine S. Ashcraft 2014
Chapter 10 © Peter Svensson 2014
Chapter 11 © Hugh Willmott 2014
Chapter 12 © Martin Parker 2014
Chapter 13 © Emma Jeanes and Tony Huzzard 2014
First published 2014
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List of contributors[Page vii]
Mats Alvesson is Professor of Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden and at University of Queensland Business School, Australia. Research interests include critical theory, gender, power, management of professional service (knowledge intensive) organizations, leadership, identity, organizational image, organizational culture and symbolism, qualitative methods and philosophy of science. Recent books include The Triumph of Emptiness (Oxford University Press 2013), Qualitative Research and Theory Development (Sage 2011, with Dan Kärreman), Constructing Research Questions (Sage 2013, with J Sandberg) and Interpreting Interviews (Sage 2011).
Karen Lee Ashcraft (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Professor of Organizational Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research examines organizational forms, occupational and professional identities, and relations of difference such as gender and race through qualitative methodologies, and has appeared in such venues as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Communication Theory.
Catherine S. Ashcraft is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research examines new technologies, diversity, youth sexualities, and critical multicultural pedagogies, and has appeared in venues such as the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Anthropology & Education, and Journal of Applied Communication.
Jon Bertilsson, PhD, is a lecturer and consumer researcher at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University, Sweden. He conducts consumer cultural studies of consumption practices, with a particular interest in brands. His research also involves critical studies of firms’ branding practices and their effects on people and society.
Helen Delaney is a research fellow in the Department of Business Administration at Lund University, Sweden and a lecturer in the Department of Management [Page viii]and International Business at the University of Auckland. Her research and teaching focuses primarily on the sociology of work and critical perspectives towards organizations. Helen is a member of the editorial collective of the journal ephemera: theory & politics in organization.
Susanne Ekman is Assistant Professor at Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. Her research interest lies mainly within the field of knowledge intensive companies. On a more theoretical level, she has explored the ambiguous consequences of freedom fantasies and authority relations in numerous contexts. Being a dedicated empirical researcher, she is also engaged in the discussion of how best to establish fruitful methodologies for critical research. She has published with Palgrave Macmillan and Oxford University Press, and has journal publications in Human Relations and Organization, in addition to a number of Danish publications.
Tony Huzzard is Professor of Organisation Studies at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University and is also Visiting Professor at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. He has researched and published widely on organizational development, work organization and industrial relations. His current research interests are diverse, including corporate governance and work organization, process organizing in health care and the branding of business schools.
Emma Jeanes is based at Exeter University, and is affiliated to Lund University. Her research interests include the experiences of work, gender, discrimination, ethics, reflexivity, and the distinctions between work and life ‘outside’ of (paid) work. She takes an historical, sociological and philosophical approach to her research.
Yvonne Johansson is a senior lecturer at the School of Social Work at Lund University in Sweden. Her main research interest is in health and social care sectors with a particular focus on evaluation and knowledge development.
Bernadette Loacker works as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden. Her research interests include contemporary modes and practices of work organization, institutional and organizational forms of power and control, subjectivities and identities at work, and poststructuralist organization theories. She is a member of the editorial collective of the journal Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization.
Daniel Nyberg is Professor of Sustainability in the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on political activities in and by organizations.
Martin Parker works in the School of Management at Leicester University. His last books were Alternative Business: Outlaws, Crime and Culture (Routledge 2012) and the [Page ix]co-edited Companion to Alternative Organization (Routledge 2013). He writes about things that have happened to him, or that he has seen on TV.
Jörgen Sandberg is Professor in the School of Business at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests include competence and learning in organizations, leadership, practice-based research, qualitative research methods, and philosophy of science. His work has appeared in several journals, including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management Studies, Organisational Research Methods and Organization Studies. His most recent book (co-authored with Mats Alvesson) is Constructing Research Questions: Doing Interesting Research(Sage 2013).
Mathias Skrutkowski is a PhD student in Business Administration at Lund University. The research for his PhD thesis explores internal reactions to managerial change projects in organizations that suffer crises of confidence.
Martyna S’liwa is a Professor of Management and Organization Studies at Essex Business School, University of Essex. Her research interests include migration and transnationalism, intersectionality in organizations, critical management education and the use of literary fiction as a vehicle for organizational inquiry. She is a member of the editorial collective of the journal Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization.
Peter Svensson, PhD, is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University, Sweden. His current research interests include knowledge production in business life, workplace democracy, employee voice, marketing management discourse and the use of natural language in financial reporting.
Hugh Willmott is Professor of Management at Cass Business School and Research Professor in Organization Studies, Cardiff Business School. He co-founded the International Labour Process Conference and the International Critical Management Studies Conference. He has contributed to leading management and social science journals and has published numerous books. Full details can be found on his homepage: https://sites.google.com/site/hughwillmottshomepage[Page x]