Why have certain theories shaped management research? Where do research theory and practice meet, if at all? To ask these questions is to think critically about management research. Mihaela L. Kelemen and Nick Rumens explore the fundamentals of critical management theory and their influences on management research, and in doing so offer the student an illuminating introduction to what is often a disparate and complex array of issues. Ten expressive chapters examine theoretical foundations, including those most often sidelined in mainstream management theory; from postmodernism and deconstruction to American pragmatism, along with methodological choices and the intellectual issues each of these presents. Also provided is a timely consideration to the consequences and ethical concerns now inherent to any research issue.
In Chapter 3 we outlined some of the most striking features of American pragmatism as a source of theoretical inspiration for management researchers. One observation of much of John Dewey's work is that he was passionate about helping individuals to develop the capacity to view the world in a critical fashion. In one way, Dewey's philosophy finds more than a dull resonance with those aspects of postmodern theory that also encourage ...