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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.

From 20th Century Knowledge Management to 21st Century Challenges
From 20th century knowledge management to 21st century challenges

Models for knowledge management developed during the 20th century are, I suggest, based on linear, scalable, path dependent processes that obey the laws of physics, and emphasize engineering. These models provide enormous insight—we have nailed the managerial principles of: (1) high volume, high quality manufacturing; (2) trajectories and learning curves for technological emergence; and (3) platforms and architectures underlying product innovation. But many 21st century challenges involve non-linear, non-scalable, profoundly ambiguous activities that obey the ‘laws’ of life and social sciences, and emphasize sciences along with engineering. These challenges include bio-pharmaceuticals, where the functioning of the human body is largely unknown; health care more generally, where socio-economic forces ...

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