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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.

Strategic Supply Chain Management: An Emerging Concept
Strategic supply chain management: An emerging concept

Nature abhors a vacuum, and perhaps the same can be said for academic fields. There has long been a tremendous gap between the importance of supply chains to organizations and the amount of attention devoted to supply chains by management researchers. Supply chains are sets of linked organizational units that cooperatively transform raw materials into finished products and distribute them to customers (Handfield and Nichols, 2002). In recent years, a small body of management research has begun to fill this vacuum by examining why some supply chains are more effective than others. Such inquiry reflects not only the potential conceptual value of supply chains, but also their practical value to firms.

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