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An Introduction to Critical Management Research
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An Introduction to Critical Management Research



September 2008 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book offers a lively and readable account of how scholars and students might engage with some of the more unusual critical theories associated with the critical management research project. Supported by a wealth of empirical and theoretical material, this book will introduce readers to the complex issues surrounding how to carry out critical management research rather than simply providing prescriptive answers' - Heather Höpfl, University of Essex

`Kelemen and Rumens have done management scholars a great service in reviewing a huge amount of disparate knowledge and compressing it into a succinct, lively and provocative book on the current state of Critical Management Studies. This is a "must-read" for those both inside and outside CMS' - Keith Grint, Cranfield University

`Management is a critical term for contemporary politics, but getting to grips with managerialism requires research methods that can deal with contemporary and controversial topics. This book provides the tools for that project, and will be invaluable for scholars and students who wish to challenge the conservatism of management academy at the present time' - Martin Parker, University of Leicester

Why have certain theories shaped management research? Where do research theory and practice meet, if at all?

To ask these questions is to think critically about management research. Mihaela L Kelemen and Nick Rumens explore the fundamentals of critical management theory and their influences on management research, and in doing so offer the student an illuminating introduction to what is often a disparate and complex array of issues.

10 expressive chapters examine theoretical foundations, including those most often sidelined in mainstream management theory; from postmodernism and deconstruction to American pragmatism, along with methodological choices and the intellectual issues each of these presents. Also provided is a timely consideration to the consequences and ethical concerns now inherent to any research issue.

 
PART ONE: THEORY AND PARADIGMS
 
Critical Theory
An Introduction

 
 
Organizational Paradigms and Management Research
 
PART TWO: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MANAGEMENT
 
American Pragmatism
 
Postmodernism
 
Deconstruction
 
Poststructuralist Feminism
 
Queer Theory
 
PART THREE: METHODOLOGIES OF MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
 
Critical Perspectives on Quantitative Research
 
Critical Perspectives on Qualtitative Research
 
PART FOUR: CONSEQUENCES OF MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
 
Ethics and Reflexivity

'Any form of research becomes a daunting task because of the sheer body of knowledge that one has to test one's theory against. The good part is that the authors have succinctly brought all these alternative theories together in one book. This saves reseach time and gives an understanding of each theory before it can be tested against research findings...Every researcher must test their knowledge empirically. this book becomes an important part of that quest, and is a foundation before one sets out to theorise their findings.'
Vishal Krishna
Business World


It is a great introductory level book, which is not suitable on the PhD level which I am searching a text for. I will however put it on the recommended reading list.

Dr Annie Booysen
PhD in Leadership and Change, Antioch University
April 24, 2010

An excellent book, perfect for aspiring consultants.

Mr Michael Mathews
Management , Sheffield Hallam University
November 19, 2009

Over time this be used many times by me

Mrs Mia Forss
Management , Arcada Polytechnic
October 14, 2009

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