Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.

With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.

Introduction: What Is Critical Management Studies?

Introduction: What is critical management studies?
MarkTadajewski, PaulineMaclaran, ElizabethParsons and MartinParker

Critical management studies (CMS) as a distinctive brand name is usually traced to the publication of Mats Alvesson and Hugh Willmott's edited collection of the same name (1992). Falling under this banner are a range of perspectives including Marxism, critical theory, poststructuralism, postcolonialism and feminist approaches to name but a few. What perhaps unites such a disparate group when they are mobilised by CMS scholars is their role in contesting the traditional imperatives of mainstream management research and practice (Fournier and Grey, 2000; Parker, 2002).

Put simply, the plurality of perspectives that constitute CMS are not used by CMS activists to help managers run their businesses more efficiently, nor to render ...

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