'Re-searching ethics: towards a more reflexive Critical Management Studies'

Sage Publications
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Organization Studies, 2008, 29 (12), pp. 1521 - 1540
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Fournier and Grey (2000) suggest that those inhabiting the contested terrain of Critical Management Studies (CMS) share a commitment to identifying inequality and subordination in organizations and to the associated possibility of emancipation, however this is conceived. Despite their additional claim that one crucial distinction between critical and non-critical management studies is the âphilosophical and methodological reflexivityâ of the former (Fournier and Grey 2000: 19), our review indicates limits to this reflexivity in CMSâs empirical practices â indeed, we argue these may even be counter-productive with regard to its political allegiances. To encourage wider discussion of these issues, we provide a tripartite framework of understandings of research ethics drawn from within and outside the management academy, and interrogate the opportunities and limitations of each for enriching CMS research.
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