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.

Critical Accounting

Critical accounting

Definition: Critical accounting encompasses a broad range of approaches to research with the underlying assumption that accounting is not merely a technical practice providing neutral representations of economic data.

Critical accounting as a discipline (or at least a subdiscipline of accounting) can be traced back to behavioural research in accounting in the late 1960s and early 1970s, not least that developed by Anthony Hopwood who founded the journal Accounting, Organizations and Society in 1976. The opening editorial of the journal called for research that ‘can provide a basis for seeing accounting as a social and organizational phenomenon’ (Hopwood, 1976: 3) and asked for theoretical and empirical contributions to aspects of accounting including ‘social accounting for the use of scarce resources’ and ‘behavioural studies of ...

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