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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.

Risk and Organizations: Toward a Cultural-Symbolic Perspective
Risk and organizations: Toward a cultural-symbolic perspective

The study of risk in contemporary social life has become ‘one of the most lively areas of theoretical debate in social and cultural theories in recent times’ (Lupton, 1999a: 1). Although some organizational scholars have addressed risks relevant toorganizations (e.g. Gephart, 1997), the field of organizational scholarship has not accorded the topic of risk, the centrality or concern that it has achieved in social theory. Further, where risk has been explicitly addressed in organizational research, the cognitive science approach has often been adopted. The cognitive science approach presumes risk is an objective phenomenon subject to quantification. Socio-cultural theories of risk contrast with prevailing cognitive science models of risk and emphasize the social ...

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