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.


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Definition: Greek hegemonia from hegemon, leader, ruler – a specific form of political relation and achievement wherein a particular group, or an entity such as an organisation, represents its particular demands as universal and thereby exercises ‘intellectual and moral leadership’. Hegemony may rely upon the use of force but, more importantly, it operates through creating consent and ‘common sense’ via legitimising certain ideological norms and values.

Theoretical Background

In political theory, hegemony refers to the power of one state over others, such as the French Hegemony over Europe under Napoleon or Sparta as the Hegemon of the Peloponnesian League in the sixth century. The term hegemony first emerged in a Marxist context in the writings of Georgi Plekhanov (1857–1918) and other Russian Marxists (e.g. ...

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