`An excellent source for graduate students, especially in the field of human resource development, who are exploring areas for future research of a critical nature' - Adult Education Quarterly Drawing upon a range of influential contemporary movements in the social sciences, primarily upon critical traditions, such as the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, this text provides a wide ranging analysis of management and its various specialisms. The book offers critical understandings of key areas of management theory and practice such as accounting, strategic management, marketing, business ethics and environmental management. It also examines the relations between power and discursive practices in the modern corporation; the role of architecture as a repressive and emancipatory force in organizations; gender and organizations and critical methodology for organizational research. Key issues of power/knowledge relations across these areas are addressed and new agendas both for these fields and for management studies as a whole are introduced. Contributing authors include: Mats Alvesson, Gibson Burrell, David Cooper, Karen Dale, Stan Deetz, Linda Forbes, John Forester, John Jermier, David Levy, Joanne Martin, Glenn Morgan, Martin Parker, Mike Power, Richard Loughlin and Hugh Willmott

Business, Ethics and Business Ethics: Critical Theory and Negative Dialectics

Business, Ethics and Business Ethics: Critical Theory and Negative Dialectics
Business, ethics and business ethics: Critical theory and negative dialectics

Over the last twenty years or so, ‘Business Ethics’ has become an accepted part of the management canon. First in the USA, and now in Europe, there are a growing number of books, journals, chairs, institutes, consultants and courses. Much like all the other management subdisciplines, there is an implicitly imperialist claim in this expansion. Just as marketeers claim that everything follows from marketing, or accountants that organizations would be nothing without the numbers, so do Business Ethicists seek to subordinate academic and practical matters to arguments about the values and purposes of business organizations. The rise of Business Ethics is an interesting case study in ...

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