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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.

Empty Organizations
Empty organizations

Three trends, each leading in different ways to ‘emptiness’, are affecting the organizational structures of major multi-national corporations. The first relates to the fact that such corporations are increasingly defined by ‘nothing’. While this means several things, above all else nothingness involves the global production and spread of (largely) empty forms devoid of distinctive content. The centralized conception and control associated with these forms means that they are diffused globally in such a way that they reflect little of the character of the geographic locales in which they come to be found. Thus, the principles by which McDonald's fast-food restaurants around the world operate – efficiency, predictability, calculability, and increasing control through non-human technologies – define such restaurants everywhere in the world ...

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