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: Managerialism is the discourse or ideology which assumes the need for one occupational group to coordinate the aims and activities of organisations, usually in return for higher pay and status than their subordinates.

One of the most unexamined pieces of common sense is one of the most common – that ordinary people need to be managed by others. Since the rise of the large corporation, the university business school and the consultant, ‘management’ has been the subject of a huge public relations campaign. It is now often assumed, even after the financial crises of 2008, that MBA-trained managers will be able to understand the ‘needs’ of the market and convert them into an efficient and (in the private sector) profitable organisation. However, whilst it ...

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