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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 Shape of Things to Come
The shape of things to come

A number of years ago, we argued that new forms of organizing arise for two main reasons, one backward-looking and the other forward-looking (Miles et al., 1997). Looking backward, the search for a new organizational form is strongly motivated by efforts to correct the deficiencies of existing organizational forms. Looking forward, the search is often motivated by the belief that current organizational forms will not be able to fully utilize the most critical resources of the foreseeable future.

Using this dual logic, we envision a global economy where knowledge is the key resource used to produce economic wealth. To obtain the full benefit of using knowledge as a resource, many existing organizations will have to ...

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