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An Introduction to Critical Management Research

An Introduction to Critical Management Research

September 2008 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Why have certain theories shaped management research? Where do research theory and practice meet, if at all?

To ask these questions is to think critically about management research. Mihaela L Kelemen and Nick Rumens explore the fundamentals of critical management theory and their influences on management research, and in doing so offer the student an illuminating introduction to what is often a disparate and complex array of issues.

10 expressive chapters examine theoretical foundations, including those most often sidelined in mainstream management theory; from postmodernism and deconstruction to American pragmatism, along with methodological choices and the intellectual issues each of these presents. Also provided is a timely consideration to the consequences and ethical concerns now inherent to any research issue.

Critical Theory
An Introduction

Organizational Paradigms and Management Research
American Pragmatism
Poststructuralist Feminism
Queer Theory
Critical Perspectives on Quantitative Research
Critical Perspectives on Qualtitative Research
Ethics and Reflexivity

'Any form of research becomes a daunting task because of the sheer body of knowledge that one has to test one's theory against. The good part is that the authors have succinctly brought all these alternative theories together in one book. This saves reseach time and gives an understanding of each theory before it can be tested against research findings...Every researcher must test their knowledge empirically. this book becomes an important part of that quest, and is a foundation before one sets out to theorise their findings.'
Vishal Krishna
Business World

It is a great introductory level book, which is not suitable on the PhD level which I am searching a text for. I will however put it on the recommended reading list.

Dr Annie Booysen
PhD in Leadership and Change, Antioch University
April 24, 2010

An excellent book, perfect for aspiring consultants.

Mr Michael Mathews
Management , Sheffield Hallam University
November 19, 2009

Over time this be used many times by me

Mrs Mia Forss
Management , Arcada Polytechnic
October 14, 2009

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Chapter One PDF

Mihaela L Kelemen

I hold a PhD in applied economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and a DPhil in Management Studies from Oxford University. I came to Keele in 1996 and was promoted to Chair in 2006. I am course director for the MA in Management/International Business and a member of the executive team responsible for the postgraduate provision in the school. More About Author

Nick Rumens

Nick's research interests fall into three main areas: ... More About Author

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