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: Deconstruction is a definite sense that things are not yet finished.

When we hear people talking about deconstruction, there is often the sense that they are taking something apart. Usually the kind of thing that is being taken apart is some use of language. Maybe one is deconstructing a newspaper article, or a film, or a management textbook. When we say this we are talking about a strategy of critical reading that seeks to dismantle a text in order to find something that is not entirely obvious on the first reading.

On the surface of things, this might be what deconstruction is – a kind of method that could be applied here and there. And deconstruction is this, and has been used in this kind ...

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