- 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
Theoretical perspectives are invariably partial, comprising variants and factions. There is a legacy of debate and disputation in critical theory. In the case of labour-process theory (LPT), development has taken the form of a heated debate in recent years between structuralist and poststructuralist perspectives. To reflect this position, proponents of the two variants – Paul Thompson and Damian O'Doherty – present a short half-article on their respective approach and understanding of labour-process theory so that the article as a ‘whole’ conveys a sense of a perspective in ferment. Rather than replay the original debates, the contributors have been sensibly asked to consider the following: (1) What is LPT and what kind of problems (as a theory) is it intended to address/solve? (2) How successful has it been in addressing those problems and issues? and (3) What are the actual and potential relationships between LPT and CMS?
Paul Thompson is Professor and Head of the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde. His research traverses the labor process, organization theory, and workplace misbehavior and conflict, and he is the co-editor of the recent Oxford Handbook on Work and Organization (Oxford University Press) with Stephen Ackroyd, Rosemary Batt, and Pamela Tolbert.
Damian P. OʼDoherty is Senior Lecturer in Organization Analysis in the Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester. He has published widely in the fields of labor process theory, critical management studies, and organization theory. His most recent project takes “the city” as a subject of management and organization in which he is testing various methods of intervention and study that include the creation of an experimental travel agency which will be launched as a new business start-up.
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