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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.

Some Thoughts About Trade-Offs
Some thoughts about trade-offs

A few years ago, I was asked to participate on a panel that dealt with the trade-offs between relevance and rigor. I thought it would be fun (and it was), but I remembered asking why anyone would consciously choose one over the other. I still wonder why someone would make such a choice, but I realize that much of our research involves some type of trade-off, even if not quite as dramatic as the one discussed at that panel. Yet, I believe that there are some trade-offs we cannot afford to make as a field if we hope to progress. I thought I'd comment on some of these ‘non-negotiables’.

I am old enough that, when I was completing my ...

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