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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 Pragmatics of Resilience
The pragmatics of resilience

Why are some organizations and institutions capable of maintaining function and structure in the face of environmental jolts and other large disruptions? Why do some organizations crumble in the face of high levels of ongoing strain while others thrive and grow more resourceful and poised to tackle future challenges? We argue that answering these questions is increasingly important given that organizations exist in an increasingly tightly coupled and interactively complex world where the unexpected is omnipresent and the speed with which unexpected events can amplify into disaster is ever increasing (Weick and Sutcliffe, 2001). We propose that a theory of organizational resilience must be developed to adequately do so (Sutcliffe and Vogus, 2003). A theory of organizational resilience ...

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