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.

Capitalism and Anticapitalism

Capitalism and Anticapitalism

Capitalism and anticapitalism

Definition: Capitalism is an economic and social system in which the means of production are owned privately (rather than co-operatively or in common) as commodities. Anticapitalism is the set of beliefs and practices that opposes capitalism.


Within the capitalist system individuals own their capacity to labour (which takes the form of a commodity) and commodities (means of production, means of subsistence or consumption goods and the capacity to labour) are freely exchanged on markets. This definition tells us little, it must be said, about how capitalism affects our lives and thus little about its political and social significance. However once we move beyond the definition above, capitalism becomes a more elusive concept. Indeed there is a tendency for both pro- and ...

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