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- 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 outline of the development and basic ideas of critical theory (CT), one of the most prominent philosophical foundations of critical management studies (CMS). CT has perhaps had even more influence on the development of CMS than related theoretical foundations such as labour-process theory, poststructuralism, or critical realism. It has a unique philosophical tradition and distinct paradigmatic characteristics; and, in order to demonstrate how it has been used to study organizations, the article describes these characteristics and shows how they have impacted on CMS.
Andreas Georg Scherer is Professor at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). His research interests are in business ethics, critical theory, international management, organization theory, and philosophy of science. He has published nine books. His work has appeared in numerous journals and volumes.
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