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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.

W(h)ither Knowledge Management?
W(h)ither knowledge management?

To customize my teaching materials for a class on knowledge management (KM) targeted at executives in the oil and gas industry, I recently asked the CIO of a local petroleum firm what KM solutions were particularly relevant to his industry and which firms were KM leaders in the industry. He replied that KM had been ‘hot’ in the late 1990s, at which time British Petroleum presented itself as a KM industry leader. Today, however, nobody in his industry was talking about KM any more. KM was passé. Part of the reason for its demise, he explained, was the lack of evidence that KM added value. And, in the absence of credible ROI information, it was difficult to keep investing in ...

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