Research Subjects/ Research Subjections: Exploring the Ethics and Politics of Critical Research

Sage Publications
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Organization, 2003, 10 (2), pp. 307 - 325
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I use this paper to reflect upon the ethics and politics of Critical Management Studies (CMS) research. I highlight a potential for problematic power relations in CMS and, drawing upon Foucault's (1976) `five methodological precautions' for analysing power, I explore these power relations as an effect of the micro-constitution of `subordinate' and `superior' subject positions within the research process. Through detailed analysis of a research interview transcript I illustrate how the researched's `subordinate' and researcher's `superior' subject positions may be constructed as an outcome of normal and well-intentioned CMS research.
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