- 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 offers a critical account of the mainstream HRM literature through the medium of discourse analysis. No singular definition of discourse analysis is possible but, insofar as it is possible to generalize, discourse analysts are interested in the implications of how language (and other signs) are deployed to present and re-present social reality. ‘Critical’ discourse analysis takes many forms and utilizes a very wide variety of methodologies. As an analytic perspective, it offers a variety of social-scientific approaches through which particular ‘discursive constructions’ or – to use Foucault's term – ’discursive formations’ can be explored in order to expose their underlying assumptions about the projected nature of social reality. More generally, there is a concern with not only alternative possible readings but also with what particular discourses exclude or marginalize, and with how discourse may be deployed to shape social subjectivities. In this respect, the core assumption informing ‘critical’ varieties of discourse analysis is that ‘discourse’ is inextricably implicated in the exercise of social power.
Tom Keenoy is Professor of Management at the University of Leicester. He has an abiding interest in understanding the social processes through which the employment relationship is managed, controlled and accomplished in the context of work organization. Current research interests include organizational discourse analysis, the social construction of HRM, time and organization, the co-construction of management in cooperative organization, and the changing temper of sensemaking in academic work. Since 1996, he has been a co-organizer of the bi-annual Organizational Discourse Conference.
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