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"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.

Is Change on the Outside Like Change on the Inside?
Is change on the outside like change on the inside?

In organizational learning and change, there is evidence of high failure rates, estimated at 70% (Beer and Nohria, 2000), but little writing that adequately addresses these low success rates. Collins (2001) examines the performance of the population of 1,435 Fortune 500 companies from 1965 to 1995, and finds only 11 companies that sustained a transition from good to great performance. Why is it that less than 1 percent of companies can attain and sustain great performance? Should not scholars take responsibility for better theorizing that leads to better practice?

Performance and market valuation data provide evidence that a few organizations are more robust and reliable in the ...

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