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: A term derived from the Greek hermeneia for ‘interpretation’, it has become an umbrella term for all interpretive approaches to social science.

Historically, the importance of hermeneutics was highlighted at the time of the European Reformation when Protestants rejected the exclusivity of using tradition for the interpretation of the scriptures. While called the ‘art of interpretation’ by Friedrich Schleiermacher and the ‘art or technique of understanding and interpretation’ by Hans-Georg Gadamer, the term has been expanded beyond studies of rhetoric and scripture to treating potentially everything as a text for hermeneutic study, so even science could be viewed as studying the text of nature.

A systematic interpretation of a text requires both identifying its sense-meaning as well as trying to gauge its referential-meaning, or the ...

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