Discourse and Critical Management Studies

David Grant, Rick Iedema and Cliff Oswick

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595686
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Discourse and Critical Management Studies

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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.

Keywords: management studies; CMS scholars; critical discourse analysis; postmodern analysis; Laclauian approach; work management

Article.  8032 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Research Methods

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