- 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 discuss the central importance of work in the critical management studies (CMS) movement. It proposes that work is perhaps the key category in CMS because the discipline represents a theoretical blending of management and the sociology of work. The first section discusses why work is a central concern for CMS. The article then discusses how work has been studied, the theoretical traditions and the empirical ‘objects’ that characterize CMS research. The third section discusses the ‘bringing work back in’ debate since it highlights some keen differences about what work means in critical research today. The article then adds a specific contribution by suggesting some alternative avenues of analysis. It draws upon the idea of the social factory and the different types of work (conventional, identity, and social) that it inaugurates. The article concludes by discussing the implications of our analysis by returning to a founding value of the CMS movement, emancipation.
Peter Fleming, PhD, is Professor of Business and Society at the Cass Business School, City University, London.
Matteo Mandarini is a lecturer at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London. He holds a PhD in philosophy and an MA in continental philosophy from the University of Warwick, as well as a BA in philosophy from University College London. His research has focused on the relation of conflict to the transformations of capitalism. He has written on Italian postwar communist thought as well as on French poststructuralism. He is currently engaged in research on the “autonomy of the political,” on ways to think the organization of conflict, and on forms of political subjectivation. He has translated numerous books and essays by Antonio Negri, most recently, The Labor Job, and is currently engaged in a translation of Giorgio Agamben's The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of the Economy and of Government with Lorenzo Chiesa. He is part of the editorial collective of the journal Historical Materialism.
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