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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.

Exploring the Terrain of Modernism and Postmodernism in Organization Theory
Exploring the terrain of modernism and postmodernism in organization theory

This chapter offers a brief exploration of the terrain of postmodern social theory as it relates to that branch of analysis concerned with organizations. In so doing, it contrasts modern and postmodern forms of explanation and examines a range of concepts derived from these two generic approaches. Initially, I assess some of the chief theoretical positions of modernism and review different approaches to the modernist trajectory in organizational analysis. Subsequently, through reference to the works of key writers, I explore a range of postmodern concepts in social theory and trace how they have been used as tools in organization theory. The culmination of the chapter sees ...

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