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.


Janet L.Borgerson

Definition: Materiality concerns the relationships, the interactions, and the co-creation of subjects and objects and their contexts. This understanding includes notions of human subjects’ relations with other human subjects; but also interactions with non-human subjects, with material objects, and with human beings, perceived as objects.

From a CMS perspective, materiality studies might provoke investigation into co-creation of organised selves in contexts constituted through management practices or consumer cultures (e.g., Hancock and Tyler, 2001). In this way, studies in materiality explore the variations through which self and society form, particularly in relation to experiencing otherness, or that which is perceived to be different from the subject, or self. Materiality invokes exploration into the constitution, or organisation, of subjects and objects. Indeed, particular ontological assumptions – varying ...

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