Editor: Dr Richard Hull
Subject: Management Science / Management Studies (view other series in this subject area)
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Editorial Objectives of the series
Critical Management Studies (CMS) is an evolving collection of radical challenges to mainstream perspectives within the teaching and research on business, management, economics and organisation. Countering the normal focus on techniques for managerial success, CMS develops many alternative approaches to understanding management, work, organisations, firms and their social and political context. Using complementary disciplines such as sociology, political economy, history, anthropology and political studies, CMS is also characterised by a commitment to constructive critical dialogue.
This series will enhance and develop the tradition of dialogue through regular publication of edited volumes addressing particular topics within business, management and organisation studies. An innovative characteristic of the series is that each chapter is followed by a short commentary from one of the fellow contributors.
Many aspects of modern life are increasingly subject to a managerial or economistic approach, in which for instance the efficient allocation of resources assumes predominance over humanistic or ethical concerns. Thus many nations are seeing their public services becoming subject to new forms of managerialism, and in addition many aspects of domestic and cultural activity are increasingly refracted through the lenses of business, management and economics.
However, research in business, management and economics continues to be dominated by narrow interests such as financial institutions. Critical Management Studies has been countering that bias for some time and is now emerging as a valid and permanent element of the Business School curriculum, with increasing presence in professional bodies representing the teachers and scholars of business, management and organisation studies.
This series will be of significant benefit to the rapidly expanding numbers of people with an interest in Critical Management Studies – both academics and practitioners – as there are currently very few outlets specifically devoted to CMS. It will also perform a valuable function in providing a regular collection of CMS-based contributions.
The primary audience is clearly all those with an interest in Critical Management Studies. Each volume will have a tightly specified focus which will form an additional audience for that particular volume.
In general the series will be of interest to researchers, educators and practitioners in a very wide range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) the following:-
The field of Critical Management Studies is very broad and includes critical perspectives upon Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, Organisational Behaviour, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Strategy, Public Sector Management, Third Sector studies, Marketing, Innovation & Technology Management, Project Management, Information Systems Management, Operations Management, Corporate Communications, Public Relations.
Future volumes will provide a coordinated and coherent collection of CMS perspectives upon very tightly specified topics.
It is the intention of this series that each volume will be the outcome of a dedicated workshop. One model for such workshops is that currently used by the Critical Management Studies Workshops, which take place biannually just prior to the US Academy of Management conference. Although there is a CMS stream at AOM these prior CMS Workshops are designed to give greater time and space for dialogue between contributors. Thus all papers are pre-circulated in good time and also introduced by one or more of the other contributors. Experience has shown that this model provides much greater opportunities for creative and useful dialogue and development. Other possibilities for volumes are likely to be sub-streams of the biannual (and Europe-based) Critical Management Studies conferences. The Series Editor and the Editorial Board will be pro-active in seeking out viable volume topics but are also happy to consider unsolicited suggestions.
About the editor
Dr Richard Hull is an independent freelance academic. He was most recently Senior Lecturer in Management at Newcastle University Business School and has worked at Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, and Brunel University. He has also worked in many non-academic settings, ranging from workers co-operatives to multinational corporations and including a stint as a pirate radio DJ.
His academic education commenced with science studies including philosophy of science and the sociology of scientific knowledge, and he has continued that focus on the philosophical and political underpinnings of research throughout his academic career. One focus for his research is the integration of sociological, economic and historical perspectives on work, organisation and technology. This is augmented by theoretical work in the economic sociology of firms, markets and consumption; organisation studies; and social theory. Previous work includes a paper on Knowledge Management which has been reprinted in two different international reference collections. He has been closely involved with Critical Management Studies since its emergence in the late 1990s and organised a stream at the first CMS conference in 1999. His recent research has also drawn upon his extensive work (both voluntary and salaried) with third sector organisations such as social enterprises, co-operatives and charities.
Dr Craig Prichard, Department of Management, Massey University, New Zealand
Stephen Linstead, Professor of Critical Management, The York Management School,
University of York, UK
John Hassard, Professor of Organisational Analysis, Manchester Business School, UK
Dr. Richard Hull
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