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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.

Strategy-as-Practice
Strategy-as-practice

There is a curious absence of actors and their actions in most academic articles on strategy. While people do strategy, strategy theory is populated by multivariate analyses of firm or industry-level effects upon firm performance. Those studies that do incorporate actors focus primarily on top managers, as if only one elite group could act strategically. Even these actors typically are reduced to a set of demographics such as age, tenure and functional background, which can be examined for statistical regularities in relation to some aspect of firm performance. There appears to be little room in mainstream strategy research for living beings whose emotions, motivations and actions shape strategy. This marginalization of the actor is due to the dominant micro-economic foundations of mainstream strategy research. ...

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