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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.

The Future is Now
The future is now

Since receiving my business school major and psychology minor Ph.D. many years ago, I have had a very strong scholarly interest in two aspects of leadership and organizational studies. The first of these has been macro/micro approaches, now mostly subsumed under the label ‘contextual’. The second has been temporal emphases, currently reflected by dynamic or processual approaches, or to some extent by the more generic longitudinal perspectives.

These interests are still with me, if anything even more. They are represented by current developments in organizational studies concerned with increasingly common contextual discussions in the field. These discussions cover a wide range of variables such as: national culture; external environment; hierarchical leader level; a wide range of individual, group and ...

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