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: Aesthetics is the philosophical investigation of sensuality, traditionally concerned with questions of beauty, taste and the nature of art.

While relatively straightforward to define, aesthetics remains a rich and multifaceted concept. Most commonly it refers to the search for criteria by which phenomena, both natural and fabricated, might be defined as beautiful, sublime, ugly or even repulsive. It is also used to describe a concern with providing objective criteria by which art might be evaluated and deemed to be of aesthetic value. While its origins can be found in the philosophies of antiquity, its contemporary meaning derives largely from the work of eighteenth-century figures such as Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746) and, more notably, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714–1762). In his two-volume work entitled Aesthetica (1750 and ...

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