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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.

Organizational Defenses; Denials and Denials of the Denial Suggestions for Future Research
Organizational defenses; denials and denials of the denial suggestions for future research

The literature is full of examples of factors that inhibit organizational effectiveness in detecting and correcting errors especially about problems that are embarrassing or threatening to the participants. Examples of these factors are spinning, cover-ups, undiscussables, denial of responsibility, victim mentality, blaming others and organizational culture. A review of the literature of practice (Argyris, 2000) leadsto several intriguing questions. Why do these practices that inhibit learning and effectiveness persist? Why are they supported by the very individuals and groups that condemn them? Why do the participants answer these questions by asserting they are victims and they are helpless to make changes that ...

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