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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.

Building Community
Building community

That organizations cannot be viewed as uniform and stable cultures or entities but rather as communities of ‘loosely constituted overlapping circles of partialled participation’ (Blau, 1996: 174) is not a new insight (e.g., Bechky, 2003; Bloor and Dawson, 1994; Dougherty, 1992). To make sense of this world of competing communities, one needs to understand why these subcultures exist, how they form, how they interact – cooperatively and competitively – and how they evolve. In what follows, we address these issues by providing an integrated view of the two theoretical approaches that have built on this thinking: communities of practice (CoP) and critical discourse analysis (CDA). The concept of interpretive communities (ICs), which we propose, builds upon important findings related to both CoP ...

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