`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

Disciplinary Power, Conflict Suppression and Human Resources Management

Disciplinary Power, Conflict Suppression and Human Resources Management
Disciplinary power, conflict suppression and human resources management

Concepts from Critical Theory have been widely used to support studies of social arrangements and practices in work organizations. Many studies have identified systems and practices of unwarranted control and decisional asymmetry and the costs of these for people, organizations and host societies. Other studies have fostered the development of wider and more open participation in the productive codetermination of the future. Much of this work has focused on power, ideology and symbolic/cultural practices (for review see Alvesson and Deetz, 1996). As this volume, as well as others, demonstrates, these studies range in focus from macro to micro and investigate a variety of material and symbolic resources and practices. One ...

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