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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.

Feeding Marshmallows to Alligators: The Inherent Fragility of Human Organization
Feeding marshmallows to alligators: The inherent fragility of human organization

This essay is prompted by reflections on the fragility and vulnerability of human organizational accomplishments in the face of nature as vividly illustrated by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Almost exactly a year before the Academy of Management (AOM) had held its annual conference in New Orleans, and this provided a serendipitous opportunity for the author to take off from the chandelier-lit hotel conference rooms of downtown New Orleans to the swampy wilds of the Mississippi delta in search of alligators: a respite from the increasing tedium of grand theorizing.

The watery emergence of primitive life forms from their natural and oftentimes inhospitable habitat ...

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