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: Accounts are the explanations we offer each other as we go about our everyday lives.

Accountability is one of the mainstays of civilisation and has been since the dawn of the first cities (Ezzamel, 1997). To state this is no exaggeration, but it is important to emphasise how the idea of accountability is only beginning to be given due prominence, primarily in the worlds of government and business. For the most part the giving and receiving of accounts remains a pervasive, little noticed feature of society, and I open with this theme before going on to deal with more formal and technical aspects.

An account might be anything we say to one another, from an aside about the weather to an intimate admission about what ...

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