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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.

Performing the Organization: Organization Theatre and Imaginative Life as Physical Presence
Performing the organization: Organization theatre and imaginative life as physical presence

The so-called dramaturgical metaphor has been a popular and productive framework within which to analyse organizational and social life for some time. Whilst it has utilized two broad approaches – Kenneth Burke's (1945, 1969a, b) dramatism1 and Erving Goffman's work on dramaturgy2 (1959) – the great majority of this work has drawn on the latter framework with the consequence that the notion of theatre has been used metaphorically. Such a focus has resulted in a general failure to recognize that life is not like theatre but that it is theatre. The occurrence of drama in everyday life is no longer a matter of metaphor ...

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