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 Theory

Critical theory

Definition: Critical theory is a social theory that examines the costraints of society and culture, assuming that by explaining and understanding them we promote rationality, freedom, individuality and community.

What Is Critical Theory?

Critical theory is the parent that gives critical management studies its name. Like the relationship between any parent and child, the resemblance between them has changed over time. In this case, the child has grown increasingly independent. But this is not so much an act of rebellion on the part of critical management studies as the result of critical theory itself.

Critical theory is an interdisciplinary academic tradition that combines the humanities and social sciences – most notably political economy, psychology and philosophy – in order to ask how the world around ...

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