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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.


Recently, there's been a lot of talk about abduction in organizational studies. In fact, it has become fashionable enough to have reached the status of ‘term dropping,’ which has raised its profile but also the confusion around it. In the simplest terms, abduction is how we generate hypotheses and is the first (but most neglected) stage in theory building. I will review the concept of abduction introduced by Charles Sanders Peirce (pronounced ‘purse’) and discuss its importance and place in theory building. I then suggest that we can speak of two types of abduction: weak and creative. The real excitement and challenges surround what I call creative abduction. I use this term to distance and distinguish abduction from induction and sensemaking. It also allows ...

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