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Critical Management Studies at Work

Negotiating Tensions between Theory and Practice Edited by Julie Wolfram Cox, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Australia, Tony G. LeTrent-Jones, Independent Consultant and Educator, US, Maxim Voronov, Brock University, Canada and David Weir, Fourth Paradigm Consulting, UK
This book is the first of its kind to reflect on what it means to actually perform critical management studies (CMS): how consultants, researchers, teachers and managers negotiate the tensions they experience in their everyday practice.
Extent: 352 pp
Hardback Price: $175.00 Web: $157.50
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84720 400 4
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  • Business and Management
  • Critical Management Studies
  • International Business
  • Organisation Studies
This book is the first of its kind to reflect on what it means to actually perform critical management studies (CMS): how consultants, researchers, teachers and managers negotiate the tensions they experience in their everyday practice.

Critical management studies seeks to expose the hidden workings of power, as well as to identify and reform the mundane and frequently unnoticed practices that privilege some groups and individuals at the expense of others, creating injustices in organizations and in the society at large. The authors show how CMS draws on a variety of approaches to 
translate its insights into practice.

Combining rich theoretical and empirical contributions with reflections on CMS practice in various forms, this unique book is essential reading for critical researchers, educators and graduate students in business and management fields.
‘This is an excellent text. It covers an impressive range of salient topics. Moreover, it provides a nuanced, considered and balanced treatment of both conceptual and practical aspects of critical management studies.’
– Cliff Oswick, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Contributors: L. Bailyn, Y. Benschop, M. Betta, S. Blake Beard, M. Brouns, N. Clarke, M. Crowley-Henry, J.K. Fletcher, S. Fox, J. Gibbon, G. Grandy, E. Hallebone, B. Harvey, B. Johnson, R. Jones, R. Kerr, D. King, G. Lafferty, J. Latham, T. LeTrent-Jones, R. Loudoun, M. Macalpine, S. Marsh, M.L. Page, J.Priest, A. Roan, S. Sloane, A. Styhre, T. Thanem, M. Voronov, L. Wallenberg, T.Waring, D. Weir, J. Wolfram Cox
Contents:

Introduction: Intersections of Critical Management Research and Practice: A Multi-Domain Perspective
Maxim Voronov, Julie Wolfram Cox, Tony LeTrent-Jones and David Weir

PART I: CRITICAL MANAGEMENT RESEARCH IN ACTION: CHOICE AND CONSTRAINT IN THE GENERATION AND TRANSLATION OF ACTIONABLE KNOWLEDGE
1. Taking the Employee’s Perspective: Negotiating Critical Research in an Organization in Conflict
Amanda Roan, Rebecca Loudoun and George Lafferty

2. The Phantom Menace: Conducting Practitioner-Informed Research Without Losing Academic Liberties
Alexander Styhre

3. Emancipatory Practice and Information Systems Implementation: An Action Research Project in an NHS Acute Trust
Teresa Waring

4. Footless and Fancy Free? On Some Means to Move Beyond the Self-induced and Institutional Constraints of CMS
Neil Clarke

5. Practical Pushing: Creating Discursive Space in Organizational Narratives
Joyce K. Fletcher, Lotte Bailyn and Stacy Blake Beard

6. Discourse and Policy in the Learning and Skills Sector
Ron Kerr and Steve Fox

PART II: CRITICAL TEACHING AND LEARNING: RESPONSIVENESS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN CONTEMPORARY MANAGEMENT EDUCATION
7. Muckraking Novels: The Search for Another Paradigm
Stephen Sloane

8. Journeys into Critical Thinking: Intersecting Foucault into the Organizational Practice Debate
Daniel King

9. Extending the Repertoire of Research Approaches in a Professional Doctoral Program: The Place and Shape of a Critical Perspective
Jan Priest and Erica Hallebone

10. Supervising Action Research: A Space for Critical Influence on Organizational Practice
Marion Macalpine and Sheila Marsh

11. Paradoxes of Academic Practice: Managerialist Techniques in Critical Pedagogy
Torkild Thanem and Louise Wallenberg

12. Experiences of Living and Doing Critical Management Education in Canadian Business Schools
Gina Grandy and Jane Gibbon

PART III: CRITICAL IDENTITIES: THE CRITICAL TURN IN EVERYDAY DOMAINS OF PRACTICE
13. Caught in ‘No-Man’s Land’? Consultancy and Critique
Brendon Harvey

14. ‘I Didn’t Have the Balls for It’: How a ‘Feminine’ Discourse of Consulting Opens a Critical Space
Sheila Marsh

15. Silences and Disappearing Acts: The Politics of Gendering Organizational Practice
Margaret L. Page

16. The Trouble with the Glass Ceiling: Critical Reflections on a Famous Concept
Yvonne Benschop and Margo Brouns

17. Racial Inequality in the Workplace: How Critical Management Studies Can Inform Current Approaches
Brenda Johnson

18. Critical Social Entrepreneurship – An Alternative Discourse Analysis
James Latham, Robert Jones and Michela Betta

19. Power, Control and the Protean Career: A Critical Perspective on Multinational Organizations’ Permanent International Assignees
Marian Crowley-Henry and David Weir

Index