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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.

Shifting Sands in Communities of Scholars
Shifting sands in communities of scholars

The landscape of academic research and publishing in business schools has endured a subtle but fundamental transformation in the last few decades. It's no longer authors who are competing for space in the top journals. Instead, the entity of academic competition is now the authorship team. When the top academic business schools first opened their doors, virtually all submissions were single-authored; today the single-authored publication is a rare feat.

And no wonder – the average article length seems to be continually increasing as are the number of citations and the length of methods sections (Schminke and Mitchell, 2003). In other words, it takes a more complex contribution to get published in a top journal today ...

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