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The Politics of Management Knowledge

The Politics of Management Knowledge

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September 1996 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The notion that management knowledge is universal, culture-neutral, readily transferable to any country or situation, has come under mounting challenge. The Politics of Management Knowledge goes beyond such `broad-brush' assertions to explore in detail the relations between management knowledge, power and practice in a world where globalization highlights, rather than obscures, the locally specific character of many management recipes.

The book recognizes the political nature of management knowledge as a discourse produced from, and reproducing, power processes within and between organizations. This theme underpins discussion of the ways in which management ideas and practices `produce' managers of a particular kind - person of enterprise, bureaucrat, heroic leader and so on. Critical examinations of certain current management theories - lean production, excellence, entrepreneurship - illuminate the myriad modes in which relations of power intermingle with relations of knowledge.

Eminent authors from a variety of countries address the social and political processes involved in cross-cultural transference of management ideas across the world. They also look to the future, stressing the need for a substantial new understanding that is less attuned to the corporate worlds of today and more appropriate for the increasingly diverse organizations likely to emerge in the twenty-first century.

Stewart R Clegg and Gill Palmer
Producing Management Knowledge

Paul du Gay
Making Up Managers
Enterprise and the Ethos of Bureaucracy

Klaus P Hansen
The Mentality of Management
Self-Images of American Top Executives

John Child and Suzana Rodrigues
The Role of Social Identity in the International Transfer of Knowledge through Joint Ventures
Bengt Sandkull
Lean Production
The Myth which Changes the World?

Jos[ac]e Luis Alvarez
The International Popularization of Entrepreneurial Ideas
Eduardo Ibarra-Colado
Excellence at Large
Power, Knowledge and Organizational Forms in Mexican Universities

Jean-Fran[ci]cois Chanlat
From Cultural Imperialism to Independence
Francophone Resistance to Anglo-American Definitions of Management Knowledge in Qu[ac]ebec

Ian Palmer and Richard Dunford
Interrogating Reframing
Evaluating Metaphor-Based Analyses of Organizations

Harvie Ramsay
Managing Sceptically
A Critique of Organizational Fashion

Harry Scarbrough and Gibson Burrell
The Axeman Cometh
The Changing Roles and Knowledges of Middle Managers

Stewart R Clegg et al
Management Knowledge for the Future
Innovation, Embryos and New Paradigms


`A valuable collection of readings which will assist both academics and practising managers who are seeking clarification on the themes and language of postmodernism as a framework for interpreting management knowledge - one most likely to assist management educators gain further insights into a field which is being recognised as extensive and complex' - Financial Times, New Delhi

`I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in critical approaches to management' - Asia Pacific Business Review

`The reader will find a number of stimulating analyses of management practices' - European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

`The Politics of Management Knowledge explores the relations between management knowledge, power and practice within the context of globalisation.... [the book] presents open discussion on a range of issues, identification of advantages and disadvantages of various perspectives followed by the identification of possible criteria for choosing a solution. There is a constant ideology throughout that is averse to adopting one model, rather the need for flexibility and creative lateral thinking is encouraged in the reader. Overall I feel that this is an interesting read which could benefit many academics and students' - School Leadership and Management

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