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.

Alternative Organisation

Alternative organisation

Definition: An institution arranged on principals which differ from the mainstream, whether in terms of democratic decision-making, equity of reward, ownership and membership, or economic and political values.

What counts as an alternative depends on what counts as mainstream, but in the present context, we will assume the mainstream to be a form of hierarchical managerialism which assumes market efficiency as the key criterion of success. In that sense, an alternative is any organisational form that places democracy, non-hierarchical organisation, feminist, environmentalist or localist politics at the core of its organising processes. This is not the same as saying that, for example, a company that manufactures organic bread is necessarily alternative, because it might be organised according to the dominant principals of market ...

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