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: Postmodernism is a collective term for a wide-ranging set of developments in the practice and study of culture and society in the fields of art, architecture, philosophy, literature, history, sociology, psychoanalysis, media studies, technology and critical theory, which are generally characterised as either emerging from, reacting to, interrogating or superseding modernism as epistemology; or critically reflecting on the socio-historical conditions of postmodernity as epoch.


Postmodernism as a concept is a term that announces its need to be understood in terms of modernism – but this does not mean that it is the opposite of modernism. Indeed the sort of dualisms, oppositions and dialectical moves typical of modernism are what postmodernism tries to avoid in developing non-dialectical approaches that expose their constructed and artificial nature. ...

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