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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.

Why Difference Matters in Organizations
Why difference matters in organizations

One of my earliest experiences in academia was presenting my early research on the effect of race on conflict styles. I was quite excited about the work; the results were provocative and I felt poised to really make an impact with my presentation. I presented my paper and it was fairly well received, stimulating a flurry of inquiries. And then the discussant for our session began his comments and I remember him pointing out that while my study was quite interesting, the approach I was taking in focusing on race, specifically African Americans and White Americans, was ultimately wrong-headed; that the important organizational phenomena we need to understand would not be uncovered in such a specialized ...

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