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 paradigm provides a way of thinking about, researching and understanding the social world.

The paradigm concept is one of the most contested terms in social theory. The key literature that uses the term can be traced back to the historian and philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn. Although Kuhn has been widely criticised for his ambiguous use of the paradigm concept, we can best understand it in the following way: very broadly speaking, scientists are guided by a set of shared rules of scientific interpretation that allow participants in one branch of science to test and assess various claims to knowledge according to particular agreed upon conventions.

The paradigm concept, by providing scientists with a way of seeing, structures the way we look at the ...

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