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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.

Philosophy as Core Competence
Philosophy as core competence

Organizations are knowledge creating entities, exploiting core competencies to produce new ideas, and creating new systems to test those ideas in terms of actual services and products. But the field of organizational studies has failed to recognize the importance of a set of theoretical discourses especially tailored to the analysis of how knowledge is systematically produced. The philosophy of science focuses on how knowledge about the world is discovered and articulated, with especial emphasis on the progress of scientific knowledge over time. In positing different lenses with which to understand organizations, organizational studies has reached for metaphorical understanding of sociological processes of power and influence, but has neglected philosophical theories of scientific progress. In viewing organizations from the ...

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