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: Poststructuralism is a word that has been used as a shortcut to point to some of the most exciting and complex intellectual developments of the second half of the twentieth century.

Of one thing we can be quite certain: ‘poststructuralism’ is a word. But beyond that, things get pretty tricky. If we start with the fact that poststructuralism is a word, then we can say that indeed it is a ‘signifier’, that is to say, it is a sound that is spoken or a mark that is written. That is the form in which it usually first presents itself to us. But the difficult thing is to dig beneath that form of appearance and ask what is signified. This is the question of meaning, ...

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