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.



Definition: This is the definition of class from the UK's most popular introduction text in sociology. It is not intended as an invitation to controversy: ‘most societies today, including Britain, have stratification systems based almost entirely on economic relationships. Inequalities in material life-chances are fundamental; status differences and differences in political influence follow on from this. Structures where economic relationships are primary we call class societies, and in these we refer to the different unequal groups as classes’ (Bilton et al., 1981: 45, italics in original).


If class is founded in economic inequality, it is heavily entrenched in the modern world. In Britain in 2008, for example, the richest tenth of the population received 30% of the country's total income compared to 1.3% received by ...

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