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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.

Exploring Plato's Cave: Critical Realism in the Study of Organization and Management
Exploring plato's cave: Critical realism in the study of organization and management

Plato's metaphor of the world of politics as a cave in which its dwellers were condemned to live permanently in a universe of shadows and illusions has become deeply embedded in the tradition of Western socio-political thought. As Wolin (2004: 39) remarks:

As a kind of standing antithesis to the world of Forms, the world of politics testified to what life was like when it was unredeemed by that vision that ‘sheds light on all things’. Without an illuminating vision of the Good, the members of a community were condemned to live in a cave of illusions, vainly following distorted images of reality ...

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