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: this term designates a particular rationality for governing the population which has become ubiquitous in modern societies.

Governmentality is closely associated with Michel Foucault, who adopted the term from Roland Barthes. The latter used it to describe a ‘naturalized myth’ that represented the state as an omnipotent and benevolent instigator of all social relations (Barthes, 1972: 129). Foucault was similarly interested in opposing overestimations of the state as the centre of society and a source of power. Yet, he does not employ the term as a concept in the traditional sense – that is, as a descriptor which represents a particular phenomena or a delimited part of reality. Rather, governmentality serves as a category which guides empirical descriptions and is calibrated differently depending on the ...

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