An Introduction to Critical Management Research
- Mihaela L Kelemen - University of Keele, UK
- Nick Rumens - Southampton Solent University, UK
To ask these questions is to think critically about management research. Mihaela L Kelemen and Nick Rumens explore the fundamentals of critical management theory and their influences on management research, and in doing so offer the student an illuminating introduction to what is often a disparate and complex array of issues.
10 expressive chapters examine theoretical foundations, including those most often sidelined in mainstream management theory; from postmodernism and deconstruction to American pragmatism, along with methodological choices and the intellectual issues each of these presents. Also provided is a timely consideration to the consequences and ethical concerns now inherent to any research issue.
'Any form of research becomes a daunting task because of the sheer body of knowledge that one has to test one's theory against. The good part is that the authors have succinctly brought all these alternative theories together in one book. This saves reseach time and gives an understanding of each theory before it can be tested against research findings...Every researcher must test their knowledge empirically. this book becomes an important part of that quest, and is a foundation before one sets out to theorise their findings.'
It is a great introductory level book, which is not suitable on the PhD level which I am searching a text for. I will however put it on the recommended reading list.
An excellent book, perfect for aspiring consultants.
Over time this be used many times by me