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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.

Identity Hijack
Identity hijack

One of the conceptual pillars of organizational identity is the notion of ‘we’ – as a group, team or organization embedded in self-referential meaning. As explained by Corley et al. (2006: 3) much of the conceptual debate has concerned how identity is constructed above and beyond its individual members based on the assumption that identity is first and foremost defined by organizational members themselves. In the future I believe that the focus of the debate will shift to a much deeper concern with the other definitional pillar of identity, namely the contextualization of identity. However, contextualization will go beyond impression and mirroring processes with respect to external images, as argued by Hatch and Schultz (2002). Instead we will see a much closer ...

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