- 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 discusses several prominent critical management studies (CMS) approaches to discourse analysis that are embedded in critical traditions. It also considers the limitations of these prevailing forms of engagement and presents a way of enhancing and progressing a discursively informed CMS agenda. There are three main parts to the article. The first explores a number of different approaches to the study of discourse that are discernible among CMS scholars and highlights four in particular: the micro-sociological approach, critical discourse analysis, the postmodern approach, and the Laclauian approach. The article then argues that each of these approaches provides an important and distinct critique of the management of work and organization.
David Grant is Professor of Organizational Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney. His current research interests focus on organizational discourse theory and discourse analysis especially where these relate to organizational change. His work has been published in a range of management and organization journals including Organization Studies, Academy of Management Review, and British Journal of Management. He is co-editor (with Cynthia Hardy, Cliff Oswick, and Linda Putnam) of the Sage Handbook of Organizational Discourse (Sage, 2004).
Rick Iedema is Professor in Organizational Communication and Director of the Centre for Health Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. His research focuses on communication in hospitals among clinicians and between clinicians and patients. He and colleagues have received more than $10 million in research funding from the Australian Research Council and other agencies. He publishes his work in journals such as the Medical Journal of Australia, British Medical Journal, Organization Studies, Social Science and Medicine, and Communication and Medicine. He has (co)authored over 125 research articles and book chapters, including three edited volumes, and a single-authored book.
Cliff Oswick is Professor in Organization Theory at Queen Mary University of London. His research interests focus on the application of aspects of discourse, dramaturgy, tropes, narrative, and rhetoric to the study of management, organizations, organizing processes, and organizational change. He has published over 100 academic articles and contributions to edited volumes, including contributions to Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Organization, and Organization Studies. He is also European Editor of Journal of Organizational Change Management and Co-Director of the International Centre for Research on Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change.
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