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: Dialectics emphasises the production of ideas and social formations through the conflict between, and the possible unification of, contradictions.

The origins of the dialectic as a means of acquiring knowledge and understanding of the world can be traced back to the Socratic philosophy of ancient Greece. Here it emerged as a technique of reasoning and debate by which a proposition is confronted by its own contradictory qualities or outcomes in order to raise the original proposition to a higher level of truth or self-understanding. This strategy of arriving at knowledge through disputation is perhaps most aptly illustrated in the Socratic dialogues that comprise Plato's consideration of the ideal political state, Republic.

By the eighteenth century, dialectics had evolved in the work of German idealist philosopher ...

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