"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.
Chapter 100: Where Are You Going?
Where Are You Going?
Management at the present time has the blood of new youth coursing through its veins. It is full of new vigor and new enthusiasm. (Sheldon, 1924: ix)
It feels good to use a quote from so many years ago that is as topical as it is dramatic, and one that comes from a fountainhead of management studies. It is tempting to write unobjectionable and inspiring lines like that one, but we will avoid doing so. While immanently quotable, those types of statements never really say anything impactful. Besides, if a statement is impactful, it probably has a short half-life.
Perhaps in closing with our own short note, it is better to leave you with a question, your own chance to ...