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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.

Knowledge in the Absence of Wisdom
Knowledge in the absence of wisdom

In the face of constant change, faddish practices such as Business Process Re-engineering, that promise cure-alls, or easily digested but ephemeral ideas for busy managers in the ‘real world’, are notorious but irresistible to many. In their place, we argue for wisdom: processes and skills that provide managers with the capacity to distinguish between change as fad or management power game (Zorn et al., 2000) and change that is necessary to adapt to new circumstance.

The world is increasingly beset with a moral, ontological and epistemological malaise. Some call this the postmodern condition in which moral, ontological and epistemological relativism prevails at the expense of certainty, stability and truth. Others see the rise of knowledge-based ...

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