Understanding Management Critically
A Student Text
- Suzette Dyer - University of Waikato, New Zealand
- Maria Humphries - University of Waikato, New Zealand
- Dale Fitzgibbons - Illinois State University
- Fiona Hurd - University of Waikato, New Zealand
Business & Management (General) | Critical Management
In these times of global economic crisis, social unrest towards the powers that be, and a yearning for alternative systems and organization, it is now more relevant than ever for you to take a critical stance to your management studies in order to analyse, understand and question the world around you and the capitalist stronghold in which you live and work.
This new thought-provoking text uses critical theory and revolutionary ideas to help you challenge the status quo and prevailing ideologies in management. It covers key issues, thinkers and topics in an accessible style to provide a broad and clear understanding of vital theory which is applied to the real world through international case studies and reflective questions and think points for you to carry into practice.
A companion website provides additional learning materials for personal study and class activities.
This text is essential reading for any undergraduate or postgraduate student studying critical management or any management course with a critical slant.
Visit the companion website for Understanding Management Critically for a range of additional learning and teaching resources:
Detailed chapter by chapter teaching notes, including:
- Chapter summaries
- Chapter specific teaching notes
- Class activities and exercises
- Additional resources
- Chapter reflection.
Detailed notes to assist personal study, including:
- Chapter summaries
- Revision notes
- Additional exercises
- “People to meet” section
- Recommended web links
- “Could you, would you, should you?” reflective questions
A critical look at today’s challenges, this made-for-classroom resource questions the assumptions of an “old school” management education system, and turns the spotlight on management education for people and planet.
'This is an urgent text. It insists that management education should indeed be education, not indoctrination. For the authors, education always carries the promise of emancipation from the exploitations of the working world for both students and teachers, and the liberation of this planet from ignorance of those who would plunder it. The authors rightly trust that given the right critical tools and resources, management students can recognise and confront the propaganda issued by many business schools and business scholars on such topics as leadership and globalisation. This book provides those crucial tools and resources.'
‘This book includes crucial reflection to prepare managers, students and teachers to go deeper into topics, get fired up, and take critical management action.’
Great book, however not appropriate for the course I teach on
This Module was withdrawn from the 2014-15 academic programme.
The book has been recommended for the module, but since I have left the institution I cannot confirm if it had being adopted.
An excellent text that is packed with thought provoking content to engage the student.
Supports adopted textbooks from a critical perspective.
Good supplement to core text
The is an excellent supplementary textbook
Sample Materials & Chapters
Understanding Management Critically: Chapter One