Hodgson and Carter present a volume that contributes to the ongoing debate in Knowledge Management. They develop themes explored in Roy Jacques' influential text, Manufacturing the Employee, as a starting point the authors consider the status of contemporary management knowledge. They do this from a range of theoretical positions that draw key implications for both research and teaching. The volume hosts an array of eminent scholars in the field. The collection explores, and at times takes issue with, the increasing influence of post-structuralist thought on our understanding of the nature of management knowledge, and draws key implications for both research and teaching. The various chapters consider the nature of management knowledge from perspectives as diverse as management history, discourse analysis, gender, post-structuralism, social construction, neo-institutionalism, and critical realism.
Contents: Critical approaches to the conceptualization of management knowledge: reconsidering Jacques, Chris Carter and Damian E. Hodgson; Historical perspectives in organization studies: factual, narrative, and archaeo-genealogical, Michael Rowlinson; Deconstructing the employee: a critique of the gendered American dream, David Crowther and Anne-Marie Greene; Feminist organizational analysis and the business textbook, Albert J. Mills; Ending the velvet revolution: managing the re-education of Vaclav Havel, Tony Tinker; Problematizing discourse analysis: can we talk about management knowledge?, Kirstie Ball and Damian E. Hodgson; Explanatory critique, capitalism and feasible alternatives: a realist assessment of Jacques' 'Manufacturing the Employee', Robert Willmott; Japan as institutional counterfactual: knowledge, learning and power, Stewart Clegg, Tim Ray and Chris Carter; 'He came, he saw, he re-engineered': new managerialism and the legitimation of modern management practice, Kirstie Ball and Chris Carter; 'Plus ça change…' : enforced change and its influence on employees' assumptions, Julian Randall; Contesting critical strategies for the new millennium: a conversation with Roy Jacques, Campbell Jones, Shane Grice and Roy Jacques; Index.