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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.

A Theory of Stakeholder Enabling: Giving Voice to an Emerging Postmodern Praxis of Organizational Discourse
A theory of stakeholder enabling: Giving voice to an emerging postmodern praxis of organizational discourse
Jerry M.Calton
Nancy B.Kurland

In this chapter, we offer a postmodern theory of stakeholder enabling to help resolve the problematic nature of modern theories of stakeholder management. Modern stakeholder texts “center” managerial authors who adjudicate stakeholder differences by exercising discretion within a hierarchically defined (and hence constrained) organizational space. By comparison, a theory of stakeholder enabling engenders stakeholder-firm interdependence and consists of a postmodern (a) epistemology of interdependent, connected knowing, (b) ontology of interactive organizational forms, and (c) praxis of organizational discourse. Our theory “decenters” organizational discourse by replacing privileged managerial monologues with multilateral stakeholder dialogues. Thus, we ...

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