History of-in-and Critical Management Studies

Authored by: Terrance G. Weatherbee

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 is a theoretical exploration of the scholarly activities associated with the ‘historic turn’ (Clark & Rowlinson, 2004) as currently unfolding in both Management and Organization Studies (MOS) and Critical Management Studies (CMS). It is a synthesis of work which has taken place in organization studies over the last two decades constructed through my own effort(s) at investigating the processes of knowledge production occurring at the sites where History and MOS/CMS intersect and interact.1 The focus of this enquiry was to understand the potentials of the turn to history for MOS/CMS when history is viewed as a process rather than as a product or outcome and to identify the implications this has for advancing our collective and future efforts at historiographical understanding (Weatherbee, Durepos, Mills & Helms Mills, 2012) in MOS/CMS. Though sections of this chapter deal with events antecedent to the present, and while this work is both historically and historiographically informed, the chapter itself is not intended to be read as a history.2

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