1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies

    444 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    442 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The scholarly field of Critical Management Studies (CMS) is in a state of flux. Against a backdrop of dramatic global shifts, CMS scholarship has lately taken a number of new and exciting directions and, at times, challenged older critical voices. Novel theoretical frameworks and diverse research interests mark the CMS field as never before. Interrogating conventional critiques of management and arguing for fresh approaches, The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies captures this intellectual ferment and new spirit of inquiry within CMS, and showcases the pluralistic generation of CMS scholars that has emerged in recent years.

    Setting the scene for a crucial period for the discipline, this insightful volume covers new ground and essential areas grouped under the following themes:

    • Critique and its (dis-)contents
    • Difference, otherness, marginality
    • Knowledge at the crossroads
    • History and discourse
    • Global predicaments.

    Drawing on the expertise of an international team of contributing scholars, The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies is a rich resource and the perfect reference tool for students and researchers of management and organization.

    Foreword (Stewart Clegg) Part I: Introduction  1. Debating Knowledge: Rethinking Critical Management Studies in a Changing World (Anshuman Prasad, Pushkala Prasad, Albert J. Mills and Jean Helms MillsPart II: Critique and its (Dis-) Contents  2. Critical Management Scholarship: A Satirical Critique of Three Narrative Histories (Albert J. Mills and Jean Helms Mills)  3. An Ethic of Care within Critical Management Studies? (Emma Bell, Susan Meriläinen, Scott Taylor and Janne Tienari)  4. Critical Performativity: The Happy End of Critical Management Studies? (Sverre Spoelstra and Peter Svensson)  5. A Rebel without a Cause? (Re)Claiming the Question of The ‘Political’ in Critical Management Studies (Ajnesh PrasadPart III: Difference, Otherness, Marginality  6. Fringe Benefits? Revisi(ti)ng the Relationship between Feminism and Critical Management Studies (Karen Lee Ashcraft)  7. Humility and the Challenge to De-Colonize the ‘Critical’ in Critical Management Studies (Janet L. Borgerson)  8: Sexualities and/in ‘Critical’ Management Studies (Jeff Hearn, Charlotte Holgersson and Marjut Jyrkinen)  9. Power Failure: The Short Life and Premature Death of Critical ‘Diversity’ Research (Roy JacquesPart IV: Knowledge at the Crossroads  10. Towards Decolonizing Modern Western Structures of Knowledge: A Postcolonial Interrogation of (Critical) Management Studies (Anshuman Prasad)  11. Debating Critical Management Studies and Global Management Knowledge (Gavin Jack)  12. Rethinking Market-ing Orientation: A Critical Perspective From an Emerging Economy (Alexandre Faria)  13. Social Movements and Organizations through a Critical Management Studies Lens: Metaphor, Mechanism, Mobilization, or More? (Maureen Scully)  14. The Usual Suspects? Putting Plagiarism 2.0 in its Place (J. Michael Cavanaugh)  15. Teaching Management Critically: Classroom Practices under Rival Paradigms (Gabriela Coronado)  Part V: History and Discourse  16: History of-in-and Critical Management Studies (Terrance Weatherbee)  17. Let them Eat Ethics: Hiding behind Corporate Social Responsibility in the Age of Financialization (Richard Marens)  18. Towards a Genealogy of Humanitarianism:Revealing (Neo-) Colonialism in Organizational Practice (Adam Rostis)  19. Deconstructive Criticism and Critical Management Studies (Steve McKenna and Amanda Peticca-HarrisPart VI: Global Predicaments  20: The ‘Iron’ in the Iron Cage: Retheorizing the Multinational Corporation as a Colonial Space (Raza Mir and Ali Mir)  21: "We’re not talking to people, we’re talking to a nation:" Crossing Borders in Transnational Customer Service Work (Kiran Mirchandani)  22. Microfinance: A Neoliberal Instrument or a Site of the ‘Other’s’ Resistance and Contestation? (Nimruji Jammulamadaka)  23. Exceptional Opportunities: Hierarchies of Race and Nation in the United States Peace Corps Recruitment Materials (Jenna N. Hanchey)  24. American Soft Imperialism and Management Education in Brazil: A Postcolonial Critique (Rafael Alcadipani)


    Anshuman Prasad is Professor of Management at the College of Business, University of New Haven, United States.

    Pushkala Prasad is the Zankel Chair Professor of Management and Liberal Arts at Skidmore College, United States.

    Albert J. Mills is Professor of Management and Director of the PhD Program at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Canada.

    Jean Helms Mills is Professor of Management at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Canada.

    ‘This is an utterly unique and compelling project. Unlike every other handbook on critical organizational studies that seeks to institutionalize and consequently reify disciplinary knowledge, the editors have successfully realised a project that significantly challenges, revises, pluralizes and expands the terrain of critical management studies. Their highly effective canonical intervention proceeds by centralizing issues hitherto considered relatively peripheral to CMS, including postcoloniality, feminism, indigeneity, masculinity and sexuality, and the contributors to the six sections of the handbook take on these issues in multiple and creative ways.’ - Shiv Ganesh, Professor of Communication, Massey University, New Zealand

    ‘This Companion provides an unflinching and provocative critique of the 'First World CMS Industry', making for sometimes uncomfortable but always important, lucid and stimulating reading. It is a book which anyone interested in CMS needs to read.’ - Jo Brewis, Professor of Organization and Consumption, University of Leicester, UK

    ‘An important and comprehensive volume that expands the contributions of CMS scholarship to management and organization studies. This will be required reading for any scholar interested in the major debates of CMS and management studies more broadly.’ - Dennis K. Mumby, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Communication, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

    ‘With Critical Management Studies now been firmly established in the field of management studies the struggle against intra-disciplinary ossification and dogmatism should begin. This book offers an excellent choice of themes and author constellations, and it addresses a diverse range of topics previously subject to only modest scholarly attention. This volume thus paves the way for the next generation of students and researchers anxious to explore the wider consequences of managerial ideologies and practices.’ - Alexander Styhre, Chair of Organization & Management, School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden