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: Power is embedded in the relational shaping of the world.
The concept of power is probably the most contested term in social theory. The key contemporary literature that uses the term can be traced back to the early writings of Niccolò Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes saw power as equivalent to a causal relation, whereby, mechanically, some action causes another as a reaction, while Machiavelli was more inclined to discuss power in terms of strategy. Hobbes’ influence has been most marked in debates about power in which the conception of it as a causal relation has been predominant. Hobbes has been more influential in discussions of power that see the concept in terms of a capacity that causes things to happen, while Machiavelli has been ...