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: To speak of ideology is to inquire into the relation between material reality and ideas, and to consider how particular discourses, forms of consciousness or practices might serve power.

The concept of ideology has a long history, dating back to the eighteenth century and the writings of Destutt de Tracy, but its theoretical importance is based on its development in the work of Karl Marx (see Balibar, 1995). While we can find many contradictory definitions of ideology in Marx's work, the one most frequently used is that associated with a dominant ideology, that is, the notion that the ideas of the ruling classes lend intellectual support to their material dominance and perpetuate the alienated existence of the ruled classes. In this iteration, the task ...

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