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Critical Management Research

Critical Management Research
Reflections from the Field

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October 2014 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is an invaluable collection of reflections and experiences from world-class researchers undertaking Critical Management Studies (CMS).

The editors and contributors reflect on ethics and reflexivity in critical management research, and explore the identity of the critical researcher both as an individual and working within collaborative projects. Using contemporary accounts from those engaged in real world fieldwork they outline what critical management is, and explore its relationship to management research.

The book discusses the implications of critical management when:

  • Developing research questions
  • Managing research relationships
  • Using various methods of data collection
  • Writing accounts of your research, findings and analysis.

Grounded in practical problems and processes this title sets out and then answers the challenges faced by critical researchers doing research in organization and management studies.

Emma Jeanes and Tony Huzzard
Approaching the field
Mats Alvesson and Jorgen Sandberg
Problematization meets mystery creation: Generating new ideas and findings through assumption challenging research
Emma Jeanes, Bernadette Loacker and Martyna Sliwa
Researcher collaboration: Learning from experience
In the field
Daniel Nyberg and Helen Nicholson
Critical ethnographic research: Negotiations, influences, and interests
Tony Huzzard and Yvonne Johansson
Critical action research
Mathias Skrutkowski
Doing research in your own organization: Being native, going stranger
Susanne Ekman
Critical and compassionate interviewing: Asking until it makes sense
Jon Bertilsson
Critical Netnography: Conducting critical research online
Out of the field
Karen Lee Ashcraft and Catherine S. Ashcraft
Motifs in the methods section: Representing the qualitative research process
Peter Svensson
Thickening thick descriptions: Overinterpretations in critical organizational ethnography
Hugh Willmott
Conceptually grounded analysis: The elusive facticity and ethical upshot of `Organization’
Martin Parker
Writing: What can be said, by who, and where?
Emma Jeanes and Tony Huzzard
Conclusion: Reflexivity, ethics and the researcher

With the growing interest in critical management studies, this timely volume engages with the practices and dilemmas of 'doing' critical management research. A highly credible international team of authors provide reflections on issues ranging from methodology, ethics and reflexivity to the practices of writing. This collection is an invaluable resource for critically-inclined graduate students and experienced researchers alike.


Christopher Grey, Professor of Organization Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London
Christopher Grey, Professor of Organization Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London
Christopher Grey, Professor of Organization Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London

A seasoned group of authors share their insights form spending years in the field conducting research. This is highly recommended for anyone hoping to put critical management studies to work.

Andre Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Cass Business School, City University
Andre Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Cass Business School, City University
Andre Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Cass Business School, City University

This collection’s 13 chapters are written by 17 authors. They provide a comprehensive overview of the current stage of critical management research (CMR).

Thomas Klikauer, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Capital and Class

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Critical Management Research: Ch.2

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