Management Learning introduces the context and history of management learning and offers a critical framework within which the key debates can be understood. The book also provides an incisive discussion of the values and purpose inherent in the practice and theory of management learning, and charts the diverse external factors influencing and directing the processes of learning. The volume concludes with a look forward towards the future reconstruction of the field.

Being Critical
Being critical

In the previous section, authors used different approaches to make sense of management learning as a field of academic and professional endeavour. However, ways of making sense of education and development, as of any social process, differ considerably. The approach might be broadly descriptive, historical, or attempt to categorize ideas, methods and sites of practice which are to be found within the field as a whole. But as with the contributions in Part I, a critical approach will seek to make some kind of judgement or evaluation of theory and practice — to discriminate as well as describe.

What does it mean to work out of a critical perspective? The literature in management education contains different interpretations of what a critical approach entails, ...

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