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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.

Managers Who Can Transform Institutions in Their Firms: Activism and the Practices That Stick
Managers who can transform institutions in their firms: Activism and the practices that stick

Ordinary professionals often don't know their own strength. A powerful yet little-studied way large organizations can innovate is for groups of activist managers and professionals to join together to change routines and alter taken-for-granted ways of thinking. The evidence suggests such activism can be far more powerful than most people – including activists themselves – realize.

Such activism is gaining more attention. Kleiner (1996) wrote an early study. Recent work has documented campaigns in Shell Oil (Hamel, 1999), the World Bank (Wood and Hamel, 2002), and American Telephone & Telegraph (Muller and Valikangas, 2003). Activism has changed basic thought ...

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