- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Editor Biographies
- Author Biographies
- Critical Theory and its Contribution to Critical Management Studies
- Critical Realism in Critical Management Studies
- Poststructuralism in Critical Management Studies
- Perspectives on Labor Process Theory
- Organizations and the Natural Environment
- Power at Work in Organizations
- Critical Management Studies on Identity: Mapping the Terrain
- Managing Globalization
- Discourse and Critical Management Studies
- Culture: Broadening the Critical Repertoire
- Critical Approaches to Organizational Change
- Ethics: Critique, Ambivalence, and Infinite Responsibilities (Unmet)
- Critical Management and Organizational History
- Gender and Diversity: Other Ways to “Make a Difference”
- Towards a Workers' Society? New Perspectives on Work and Emancipation
- Critical Management Methodology
- Information Systems
- Human Resource Management
- Challenging Hierarchy
- On Striving to Give a Critical Edge to Critical Management Studies
- Critical Reflections on Labor Process Theory, Work, and Management
- Critical Management Education
- Handbooks, Swarms, and Living Dangerously
Abstract and Keywords
This article aims to provide an overview of the core ideas associated with ‘critical realism’ (CR) as a distinctive philosophy of social science and their implications for critical management studies (CMS). Realizing this objective requires a focus on CMS as a broad-ranging intellectual movement and practice geared to developing a better understanding of the domination structures that characterize advanced capitalist societies and organizations. It also requires an ‘unpacking’ of the distinctive contribution that CR can make to the analysis of contemporary capitalist domination structures and its significance for the kind of political and ethical critique of the institutional status quo that CMS is potentially equipped to mount and defend. Considered in this way, the article is intended to provide an exposition and assessment of the ‘promise’ that CR offers for CMS as a heterogeneous and pluralistic intellectual movement/practice challenging the orthodox socio-political theories, analytical models, and methodological paradigms lying at the center of mainstream business and management studies.
Mike Reed is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Analysis at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. He is an Honorary/Visiting Professor in Lancaster University Management School, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He is also one of the founding editors of the journal Organization. Having published extensively on power and control in work organizations—with particular reference to professional knowledge-intensive organizations and public services organizations—he is now working on a series of papers and publications focusing on the complex interplay between state power, elite agency, and public policy within political economies dominated by neo-liberal ideology and practice since the 1980s. This work draws extensively on critical realism, neo-Weberian historical/political sociology, and elite theory.
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