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“This excellent, pioneering book is a must-read as we enter the new millennium.” --David J. Farmer, State University of New York Comprehensive and timely, Postmodern Management and Organization Theory provides a critique of postmodern theory as it stands today. The text gives an overview of issues as they relate to management and organization theory and its history and assembles in one volume a variety of important works on postmodern philosophy--including feminist, cultural, and environmental philosophies. The contributors address the future of postmodern advancement in management and organization theory and method, establishing an agenda for future research. This thought-provoking book will be useful to scholars, researchers and upper-level students in organization theory, organization behavior and change, management, and industrial psychology.

Simulacral Environments: Reflexivity and the Natural Ecology of Organizations
Simulacral environments: Reflexivity and the natural ecology of organizations
Robert P.Gephart, Jr.

This chapter articulates a postmodern perspective on organizational environments that addresses Nature and ecology. First I discuss “Nature” and distinguish it from the human or built environment. Next, I discuss how reflection, endogenous reflexivity, and radical reflexivity can be used to integrate ecological issues into organization and management theories. The use of reflection is illustrated by discussion of ecocentric management, which integrates natural science variables into management and organization theory frameworks (Shrivastava, 1995). The advantages and limits of reflection and ecocentric management are explored from the view of postmodernism. Endogenous reflexivity is illustrated by (re)conceptualizing environment, ecology, and Nature as socially constructed phenomena. The radically reflexive ...

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