Making sense of management : a critical introduction / Mats Alvesson & Hugh Willmott.

by Alvesson, Mats, 1956-Looking glass; Willmott, HughLooking glass.

Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif.; SAGE, 2012.Edition: Second edition.Description: xii, 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 1849200858; 1849200866; 9781849200851; 9781849200868.Subject(s): Critical theoryLooking glass | ManagementLooking glassNote: Previous ed.: 1996.Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [262]-297) and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The first edition of Making Sense of Management set out to provide a fresh perspective on management that was both broad and critical, exploring how the disruptive and constructive potential of critical theory can be realized in organizations. Along the way, it has proven to be a landmark contribution to critical management studies. As well as setting the agenda for current research, this revised edition has been written to appeal to a broader readership and open up critical theory for the general management student.

New sections on HRM, brands, identity, ethics and leadership have been fully developed alongside the rest of the text to reflect the current state of play in critical management studies.

The second edition of Making Sense of Management will be of interest to students and researchers in critical management studies and students on general management courses with a critical perspective.

Previous ed.: 1996.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [262]-297) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Introducing Critical Theory to Management
  • Management in Critical Perspective
  • Critical Thinking
  • Forms of Knowledge and the Limits of Critique
  • Part 2 Management Specialisms in a Critical Perspective
  • Critical Conceptualizations of Management
  • Critically Assessing Management Specialisms I
  • Organization Theory, HRM and Leadership
  • Critically Assessing Management Specialisms II
  • Marketing and Strategic Management
  • Critically Assessing Management Specialisms III
  • Accounting, Information Systems and Operational Research
  • Part 3 Recasting Critical Theory and Management
  • Recasting Emancipation in Management and Organization Studies
  • Critical Theory and Management Practice

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Alvesson (Univ. of Lund, Sweden) and Willmott (Univ. of Manchester) offer a broad and critical view of management practice. Attacking trendy "guru management" prescriptions, they recommend critically questioning the idea that management is a morally neutral technology. Their evaluative approach to management asks moral questions similar to those asked in other areas of social science. Perhaps the most interesting discourse relates their analysis to the various subdisciplines of management, including accounting, marketing, and information systems. In conclusion, they consider possible ways to integrate their framework with other current approaches. They are critical of popular management approaches for assuming the legitimacy of existing priorities and values and for merely supplementing established means of control. Ultimately, their book calls for management to become a vehicle for progressive social change. Many references. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty collections. L. J. Cumbo; Emory and Henry College

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