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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.

Humanist Organizational Studies: An Intersubjective Research Agenda for Open(-plan) Fieldwork
Humanist organizational studies: An intersubjective research agenda for open(-plan) fieldwork

An organizational studies that methodologically favors disengagement (in pursuit of objectivity), assumes instrumental reason (for instance via rational choice theory) and leads to an atomistic view of society (by focusing on the behavior of discrete agents), is anti-humanist because it makes human experiencing unthinkable. Organizational members and researchers surely have a measure of self-autonomy. Judgment, responsibility and purpose enter into their choices. An organizational studies that alienates the researcher, the researched, and the reader, from disclosure of their shared being-in-the-world does a fundamental disservice to co-operative co-evolution – that is, to organizing and organization. In this chapter I will focus on the complex social (human) constitution ...

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