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date: 30 November 2020

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Poststructuralism is the name that has been given to some of the most controversial, and for some, the most important, debates in critical management studies over the last two decades. This article, seeking to account for some of the vagaries of the use of the word poststructuralism in critical management studies, is divided into three sections. The first identifies some of the key themes that have been associated with poststructuralism in critical management studies. The second section revisits the emergence of poststructuralism in the responses to structuralism emerging in France in the late 1960s and 1970s, in order to call into question certain aspects of the partiality of the reception of poststructuralism in critical management studies to date. In the light of this revisitation, the third section asks what poststructuralism might offer to critical management studies in the future.

Keywords: poststructuralism, management studies, structuralism, France, language, organizational life

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