Debating Critical Management Studies and global management knowledge

Authored by: Gavin Jack

The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415501880
eBook ISBN: 9781315889818
Adobe ISBN: 9781134511235


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This chapter debates Critical Management Studies (CMS) within the context of existing critiques of the characteristics, structures and institutions of social scientific knowledge on a global scale. It engages with CMS as one particular area of so-called global management knowledge (GMK), defined by Tsui (2004) as the totality of scholarship undertaken about management and organizations by researchers across the globe. Tsui’s use of the term ‘global’ spans geographical, demographic and epistemic issues. It questions just how diverse global management knowledge, as well as the academic workforce that creates it, actually is. Just who produces management knowledge and under what conditions? Where are they located, and what kind of knowledge do they produce? Under what conditions are theoretical insights and social experiences from the periphery of GMK and CMS possible?

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