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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.

For Informed Pluralism, Broad Relevance and Critical Reflexivity
For informed pluralism, broad relevance and critical reflexivity

The future of management and organization studies (MOS) will be sealed by developments in the wider social, political and intellectual milieu in which it evolves, and to which it contributes. Whatever the course of its future development, however, it seems likely that MOS will continue to be buffeted by demands for academic rigour and applicability to practice. When subjected to these pressures, the recurrent risk is not that the field will buckle or disintegrate, but rather that it will bring about a reactionary return to some mythical, apparently authoritative notion of rigour and a narrow sense of relevance in which the particular demands of privileged groups, such as managers, policy ...

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