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Critical Management Studies

Global Voices, Local Accents, 1st Edition

Edited by Christopher Grey, Isabelle Huault, Véronique Perret, Laurent Taskin


244 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Critical Management Studies (CMS) is often dated from the publication of an edited volume bearing that name (Alvesson and Willmott, 1992). In the two decades that have followed, CMS has been remarkably successful in establishing itself not just as a ‘term’ but as a recognizable tradition or approach. The emerging status of CMS as an overall approach has been both encouraged and marked by a growing range of handbooks, readers and textbooks. Yet the literature is dominated by writings from the UK and Scandinavia in particular, and the tendency is to treat this literature as constituting CMS. However, the meaning, practice, constraints and context of CMS vary considerably between different countries, cultures and language communities. This volume surveys fourteen various countries and regions where CMS has acquired some following and seeks to explore the different ways in which CMS is understood and the different contexts within which it operates, as well as its possible future development.


"Edited by a highly competent team of academics, this book fills a wholly neglected area of discourse relating to Critical Management Studies in providing a set of original contributions from a wide range of countries rather than just from the Anglo-American tradition. Given globalisation in postmodern culture and economy, this is long overdue."David Knights, Lancaster University, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction: Beginning a Conversation Christopher Grey, Isabelle Huault, Véronique Perret and Laurent Taskin 1. Australia and New Zealand: Drawn Together Yet Worlds Apart? Deborah Jones, Graig Prichard and Graham Sewell 2. Non-managerial Management Scholarship in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg Patrizia Zanoni and Laurent Taskin 3. "CMS, Canada & the Network": An Actor-network Analysis Caterina Bettin, Albert J. Mills and Jean Helms Mills 4. CMS with a Local Accent: Is Critical Management Education Possible in China? Shih-wei Hsu 5. The Awakening of Critical Management Studies in France: Mimicry or a Process of Coming Out? Isabelle Huault and Véronique Perret 6. Critical Scholarship in Management and Organization Studies in German-speaking Countries: An Overview and Historical Reconstruction Ronald Hartz 7. From Anti-managerialism to Over-managerialism: How Critical Management Studies in Israel were Exiled from Local Business Schools and Emerged Elsewhere Michal Frenkel 8. Italian Voices from the Outside: The Context for CMS in Italy Maria Laura Toraldo, Gianluigi Mangia, Paolo Canonico, Stefano Consiglio and Riccardo Mercurio 9. Self Problematization and Relational Problematization: A Critical Constructive Approach in the Japanese Context Toru Kiyomiya 10. CMS in Scandinavia: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Realm of the Scandocrits Rasmus Koss Hartmann, Dan Kärreman and Mats Alvesson 11. CMS in the Periphery: A Look at South America Ernesto R. Gantman 12. The Ghost in the System: Critical Management Studies in Turkey Beyza Oba and Mehmet Gençer 13. CMS in the United Kingdom Martin Parker 14. Galumphing and Critical Management Studies: Perspective and Paradox from the United States Gordon E. Dehler and M. Ann Welsh Conclusion: Diverse Accents, Common Voice? Laurent Taskin, Véronique Perret, Isabelle Huault and Christopher Grey

About the Editors

Christopher Grey is Professor of Organization Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK and Professeur-invité at Université Paris-Dauphine PSL, France.

Isabelle Huault is Professor of Organization Studies at Université Paris-Dauphine PSL, France.

Véronique Perret is Professor of Management at Université Paris-Dauphine PSL, France.

Laurent Taskin is Professor of Human Resource and Organization Studies at Louvain School of Management, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

Management, Organizations and Society represents innovative work grounded in new realities; addressing issues crucial to an understanding of the contemporary world. This is the world of organized societies, where boundaries between formal and informal, public and private, local and global organizations have been displaced or vanished along with other nineteenth century dichotomies and oppositions. Management, apart from becoming a specialised profession for a growing number of people, is an everyday activity for most members of modern societies. Management, Organizations and Society will address these contemporary dynamics of transformation in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, with work which will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior