'A critical-academic-analysis of received wisdom, for serious students of the subject' - Long Range Planning Provocative and thoughtful, this book provides a fresh perspective on management that is both broad and critical. The authors argue for the importance of subjecting received wisdoms about management to scrutiny. Such scrutiny needs to address not only the means but also the outcomes of management theory and practices as social and ecological problems proliferate in the global economy. The book begins by examining why we should question notions of management as a neutral `technology' with no moral commitments and consequences, and the role of critical reflection in such questioning. It i
Chapter 3: Critical Conceptualizations of Management
Critical Conceptualizations of Management
In this and the following three chapters we draw upon the ideas developed in Part I to articulate a critical perspective on management and its specialisms. We introduce this chapter with a discussion of the extensive range of metaphors that have been deployed to understand the world of management and organization. We address metaphors of management that are ...