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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.
Mats Alvesson holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University in Sweden and is also part-time professor at University of Queensland Business School. He has done extensive research and published widely in the areas of qualitative and reflexive methodology, critical theory, organizational culture, knowledge work, identity in organizations, gender, organizational change, management consultancy etc. He has published 20 books with leading publishers and hundreds of articles, many of which are widely cited and used on higher levels in university education.
Introduction PART ONE: INTRODUCING CRITICAL THEORY TO MANAGEMENT Management in Critical Perspective Critical Thinking Forms of Knowledge and the Limits of Critique PART TWO: 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 THREE: RECASTING CRITICAL THEORY AND MANAGEMENT Recasting Emancipation in Management and Organization Studies Critical Theory and Management Practice Appendix: Brief History of the Frankfurt School