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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.

Workplace Spirituality, Towards What Purpose?
Workplace spirituality, towards what purpose?

In the past decade over 400 books on workplace spirituality have appeared in print, special journal issues have been dedicated to the topic, handbooks have been published and an Academy of Management interest group has been established. In this note I consider the contribution of this field of inquiry. Matthew Fox tells us that the questions we address in our practice tell us what matters (Fox, 1991). To date the questions we ask in the workplace spirituality field tell us that the following purposes matter: increasing the bottom line, meaningful living / self-realization, enacting our interdependent reality and moving beyond self-interest to serve the real needs of humanity. Below I review the contributions and pitfalls of ...

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