Discourse and Critical Management Studies

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The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies, 2009
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© Oxford University Press, 2013. This article discusses several prominent critical management studies (CMS) approaches to discourse analysis that are embedded in critical traditions. It also considers the limitations of these prevailing forms of engagement and presents a way of enhancing and progressing a discursively informed CMS agenda. There are three main parts to the article. The first explores a number of different approaches to the study of discourse that are discernible among CMS scholars and highlights four in particular: the micro-sociological approach, critical discourse analysis, the postmodern approach, and the Laclauian approach. The article then argues that each of these approaches provides an important and distinct critique of the management of work and organization.
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