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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.

Organization Studies is (and should be) Different from Economics
Organization studies is (and should be) different from economics

Organization studies suffers from economics envy. In subfields ranging from the study of organizational strategy, where transaction costs and industrial organization economics hold sway to the study of managing people where, in the domain of human resource management, the only outcomes that seem to matter are some version of productivity, quality, profitability, or stock market return, to the exploration of individual decision making and motivation where the assumptions of individual rationality and the pursuit of self-interest tend to dominate, and in many other topic domains as well, organization studies not only cites the economics literature at an increasing rate but has bought in many of the behavioral assumptions ...

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