Can critical management studies ever be 'practical'? A case study in engaged scholarship

King, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0277-8444 and Learmonth, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-3436-9386, 2015. Can critical management studies ever be 'practical'? A case study in engaged scholarship. Human Relations, 68 (3), pp. 353-375. ISSN 0018-7267

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What happens when you try to engage with management practice as a critical management scholar by actually doing management? Although there have been calls for critical scholars to attempt such engagement, little is known about the practical challenges and learning that may be involved. This paper therefore provides a case study which details some of the experiences one of us had when working as a manager while trying to remain true to his critical sensibilities. The story suggests that transforming management practice will be a constant struggle, and that the difficulties of achieving even small changes should not be underestimated. However change is not impossible. Following Foucault, we argue that critical perspectives, when engaged in particular ways, offer resources through which we might challenge the dominance of managerialist thinking on a practical level; at least in the long run.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Human Relations
Creators: King, D. and Learmonth, M.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2015
Volume: 68
Number: 3
ISSN: 0018-7267
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:14
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2023 11:02

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