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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.

700 Sage Words?
700 Sage words?

One tiresome irony which accompanies any attempt to understand management and management processes through a constructivist epistemology is the issue of ‘theorizing’. While grand theory is playing dead and the middle range is for indecisive dissemblers, we social constructivists grub around, ‘speculating’ in the undergrowth. In pursuit of plausibility we circulate conceptual-theoretic metaphors and attempt to accomplish some variety of – invariably undecidable – ‘sensemaking’(and yet, secretly, we desire to convey and carry conviction).

However, the interesting irony here is the presumed distinction between ‘sensemaking’ and ‘theorizing’ as discrete activities. Weick (1989) himself adumbrated theory construction as an iterative process involving a ‘disciplined imagination’ which, quietly, refracts the authors' viewpoints if not interests. Such constraints, it would seem, delimit not only ...

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