An ethic of care within critical management studies?

Bell, Emma; Meriläinen, Susan; Taylor, Scott and Tienari, Janne (2015). An ethic of care within critical management studies? In: Prasad, Anshuman; Prasad, Pushkala; Mills, Albert J. and Mills, Jean Helms eds. Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies. Routledge companions in business, management and accounting. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 56–68.



As this book and others make clear, critical analyses of management constitute a wide field where researchers draw from different theoretical traditions. This variety notwithstanding, Alvesson & Deetz (2000) suggest that Critical Management Studies (CMS) is primarily concerned with the ways in which powerful actors contribute to freezing social reality for the benefit of certain sectional interests at the expense of others. Although the community of scholars who associate themselves with CMS is as broad as the theoretical range, a sense of social justice is perhaps something that unites them/us, especially when contrasted with their more managerialist colleagues. In addition, the reflexive recognition that knowledge has a politics bring together critical scholars, again, relative to their mainstream fellow academics (Parker & Thomas, 2011). Overall, this ethic of social justice and epistemological sensitivity can be seen as the central characterstics of critical management scholarship (Wray-Bliss, 2003)

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