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Critical management studies (CMS)! might be struggling to find an identity. Upon reviewing much of the published discourse for this assignment, what is striking are the significant number of internal debates primarily centred on theoretical approaches, roles of scholars within the university and issues surrounding engagement with management. One possible explanation is that CMS is still an adolescent field of study (Phillips 2006); one that might be mired in the process of trying to determine what it wants to be when it comes of age. What is more, it has embarked on an ambitious agenda. But, considering CMS' dogma, some predicament should be expected and thus understandable. However, the apparent deep divides within the CMS camp as well as lack of consensus around seemingly substantive issues is indeed troubling.

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Critical Management
Studies
Engaging with practice

T H E C O N T E X T O F M A N A G E M E N T R E S E A R C H M N 7 0 9 9
Critical Management Studies: engaging with practice
Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................3
1.0 Challenging the orthodoxy .....................................................................................................................................4
2.0 Rethinking performative intent ..............................................................................................................................5
3.0 The issue of engagement........................................................................................................................................7
4.0 Conclusion and Future Directions ..........................................................................................................................9
Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................10
Endnotes ....................................................................................................................................................................11
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INTRODUCTION
Critical management studies (CMS) might be struggling to find an identity. Upon
reviewing much of the published discourse for this assignment, what is striking are the
significant number of internal debates primarily centred on theoretical approaches, roles of
scholars within the university and issues surrounding engagement with management. One
possible explanation is that CMS is still an adolescent field of study (Phillips 2006); one that
might be mired in the process of trying to determine what it wants to be when it comes of age.
What is more, it has embarked on an ambitious agenda. But, considering CMS' dogma, some
predicament should be expected and thus understandable. However, the apparent deep divides
within the CMS camp as well as lack of consensus around seemingly substantive issues is
indeed troubling.
At first glance, I encounter a field of study which appears to situate its principles in
direct opposition to the Neo-liberalist ideology, restructure, or reorient, national and
multinational corporate behemoths and reverse the hegemonic mindset of mainstream
'managerialism' that permeates labour (Adler, Forbes et al. 2007). CMS scholars view these
objects as the primary source and cause of social inequalities, environmental erosion and
organizational and social injustice. For example, it is often suggested that the multinationals'
ongoing hunt for cheap labour and natural resources, coupled with 'free trade' agreements, fuels
exploitative tendencies (Mander and Goldsmith 1996). However, in a seminal paper, Fournier
and Grey (2000) quickly remind us that these concerns are indeed shared by critical and noncritical
scholars alike. Nevertheless, the authors also assert that 'critical' work does contain some
distinct elements; namely anti-performativity, denaturalization and reflexivity (Fournier and
Grey 2000).
Here I must acknowledge that, I share many of the broader concerns and objectives
expressed by the CMS community; of which I now consider myself a new member. And, it may
be of some importance to confess to my being a product of several years of experience as a
4 Donald Harper Critical Management Studies: engaging with practice
former employee and manager at large US public (i.e., for-profit) corporations; a portion of
which consisted of active involvement in significant change management projects.
Additionally, I have participated in several entrepreneurial ventures (my own as well as on
behalf of others) and often filled the role of a consultant on numerous occasions. With this in
mind, I wish to exercise some freedom within this paper to invoke some personal perspectives
while honouring ...

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