Schlagwort-Archiv: Critical Management Studies

Call for Papers – 10th International Critical Management Studies Conference (CMS) in Liverpool, 3-5 July 2017

The call for papers of the 10th International Critical Management Studies is now open. Overall there are 50 streams, including a number of streams adressing alternative forms of organization and organizing. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st January 2017:

Conference Streams – Call for Papers


What Do We Mean by Performativity in Organizational and Management Theory? Review article by Jean-Pascal Gond, Laure Cabantous, Nancy Harding and Mark Learmonth

Performativity is one of the dazzling concepts of current thinking about Critical Management and Organization Studies. In The International Journal of Management Reviews Jean-Pascal Gond and colleagues review the debate and plea for a ‚performative turn‘ in Management and Organization Theory.

What Do We Mean by Performativity in Organizational and Management Theory? The Uses and Abuses of Performativity (pages 440–463)
Jean-Pascal Gond, Laure Cabantous, Nancy Harding and Mark Learmonth
Version of Record online: 7 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12074


John Austin introduced the formulation ‘performative utterance’ in his 1962 book How to Do Things with Words. This term and the related concept of performativity have subsequently been interpreted in numerous ways by social scientists and philosophers such as Lyotard, Butler, Callon and Barad, leading to the coexistence of several foundational perspectives on performativity. This paper reviews and evaluates critically how organization and management theory (OMT) scholars have used these perspectives, and how the power of performativity has, or has not, stimulated new theory-building. In performing a historical and critical review of performativity in OMT, the authors’ analysis reveals the uses, abuses and under-uses of the concept by OMT scholars. It also reveals the lack of both organizational conceptualizations of performativity and analysis of how performativity is organized. Ultimately, the authors’ aim is to provoke a ‘performative turn’ in OMT by unleashing the power of the performativity concept to generate new and stronger organizational theories.

Dylan and Critical Organization Studies

Dylan and Critical Organization Studies

Just as I heard about the Nobel Price for Bob Dylan, I thought about some Dylan lyrics which could be used to start a presentation or lecture about Critical Management and Organization Studies and the like. Here are the first rather well-known lyrics that come to my mind. Any other suggestions?


„There must be some way out of here“, said the joker to the thief,
„There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.“

„No reason to get excited,“ the thief, he kindly spoke,
„There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.“

(All Along the Watchtower)


I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more.
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more.
Well, he puts his cigar
Out in your face just for kicks.
His bedroom window
It is made out of bricks.
The National Guard stands around his door.
Ah, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more.

I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more.
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more.
Well, she talks to all the servants
About man and God and law.
Everybody says
She’s the brains behind pa.
She’s sixty-eight, but she says she’s twenty-four.
I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more.

(Maggie‘s Farm)


Mama’s in the factory, she ain’t got no shoes
Daddy’s in the alley, he’s lookin‘ for food
I’m in the kitchen with the tombstone blues

(Tombstone Blues)


Ah, get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don’t steal, don’t lift
Twenty years of schoolin‘
And they put you on the day shift

(Subterranean Homesick Blues)

Call for special issue proposals from ‚critical perspectives on international business‘


critical perspectives on international business

Submission dates: 31st October 2016 and 30 April 2017

Please send proposals to: Christoph Dörrenbächer, co-editor in chief (e-mail:

Critical perspectives on international business (cpoib) invites proposals for special issues on topics that address international business (IB) matters from a non-mainstream, critical perspective to appear in the journal over the years 2017-2019. cpoib publishes research that critically engages with the broad field of IB, including but not restricted to, issues of globalization, IB strategies, corporate social responsibility as well as power relations both within multinational firms and between multinational firms and civil society actors. The journal promotes dialogue and new thinking and encourages authors to creatively and critically question the hegemony of multinational firms, managerial orthodoxy and the dominant IB academic discourse. cpoib publishes one or two special issues per year. The last three volumes have seen highly regarded special issues on: rising power firms, the globally mobile professional class, Brazilian multinationals and the state as well as on transnational corporations, socio-economic change and recurrent crisis. The objective of special issues in cpoib is to assemble a coherent set of empirical and conceptual/theoretical papers on topics that deserve critical thought beyond that offered by mainstream approaches to IB. The topics should be relevant, interesting and timely. A non-exhaustive list of potential themes and more information on cpoib in general is given in a recent editorial that is available at:


Prospective guest editors should submit a written proposal which should include:

1. A draft call for papers that: a. outlines the rationale for the special issue topic and why the special issue is needed b. explains why the special issue is targeted at cpoib and how it fits with the mission of the journal c. establishes the links to the existing literature and explains the potential for advancing scholarly conversations on the topic d. provides a justification for why a new scholarly conversation should be initiated in the case of no prior literature on the topic e. puts forward potential themes and/or research questions within the topic

2. Information about the prospective guest editors in terms of their research credentials, their research published specifically on the topic and their editorial experience. Submissions by early career scholars are welcome.

3. Where already known, potential contributing authors

All proposals will be reviewed by the editorial team of cpoib within one month after the submission. Three to four proposals will be selected and recommendations will be given in order to develop further the proposal and align it with the editorial mission and the publication timeline of cpoib. After commissioning the special issue, one cpoib co-editor in chief will serve as supervising editor supporting the special issue editors. Guest editors‘ tasks The guest editors will disseminate and publicize their call for papers, approach potential authors and manage the review process via Manuscript Central. Papers that are sent out for review must be refereed by at least two scholars, using a double-blind peer review process. It is also expected that the guest editors will contribute an introductory article (which may be full paper length) that positions the special issue in the relevant literature, sketches out its critical perspective(s) and introduces the papers included in the special issue.

For further inquiry the co-editors in chief can be contacted: Christoph Dörrenbächer, Snejina Michailova,

Alternative Economic Futures – Academy of Management Perspectives

Interesting and right on time!

Alternative Economic Futures: A Research Agenda for Progressive Management Scholarship
Paul S. Adler
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:123-128 doi:10.5465/amp.2016.0054


Can an Economy Survive Without Corporations? Technology and Robust Organizational Alternatives
Gerald F. Davis
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:129-140 doi:10.5465/amp.2015.0067


Community Wealth Building Forms: What They Are and How to Use Them at the Local Level
Steve Dubb
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:141-152 doi:10.5465/amp.2015.0074


Constructing Chains of Enablers for Alternative Economic Futures: Denmark as an Example
Peer Hull Kristensen
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:153-166 doi:10.5465/amp.2015.0152


Knowledge-Intensive Work And The (Re)emergence Of Democratic Governance
Anna Grandori
ACAD MANAGE PERSPECT 2016; 30:167-181 doi:10.5465/amp.2015.0133

Critical Management Studies (CMS) 2017 Conference – Call for Stream Proposals

The Critical Management Studies (CMS) 2017 Conference is being held from July 3-5, 2017 at Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, UK and hosted by Edge Hill University Business School.

The deadline for submitting stream proposals is 15th August 2016.

New Publication: Grey/Huault/Perret/Taskin (Eds.) (2016): Critical Management Studies: Global voices, local accents


Critical Management Studies (CMS) is often dated from the publication of an edited volume bearing that name (Alvesson and Willmott, 1992). In the two decades that have followed, CMS has been remarkably successful in establishing itself not just as a ‘term’ but as a recognizable tradition or approach. The emerging status of CMS as an overall approach has been both encouraged and marked by a growing range of handbooks, readers and textbooks. Yet the literature is dominated by writings from the UK and Scandinavia in particular, and the tendency is to treat this literature as constituting CMS. However, the meaning, practice, constraints and context of CMS vary considerably between different countries, cultures and language communities. This volume surveys fourteen various countries and regions where CMS has acquired some following and seeks to explore the different ways in which CMS is understood and the different contexts within which it operates, as well as its possible future development.

Table of content and intro:

It was a honour to contribute to this volume with a chapter on „Critical Scholarship in Management and Organization Studies in German-speaking Countries: An Overview and Historical Reconstruction“. Beside a short overview about critical scholarship I focus on three distinct strands of thinking: ‘labour-oriented business administration’ (Arbeitsorientierte Einzelwirtschaftslehre), the ‘critique of the political economy of organisation’ (Klaus Türk), and the development of gender studies, exemplified through the pioneering work of Gertraude Krell. The chapter ends up with some general reflections about some discursive mechanism of the exclusion of critical thinking, that is the distinction between truth and ideology, a rejection of societal issues and the questioning of legitimate authorship.

Critical Performativity virtual special issue from Human Relations – freier Zugang bis 20. März 2016

Das Journal Human Relations hat ein virtuelles Special Issue zur Thematik Critical Performativity freigeschalten. Eine gute Gelegenheit, eine der aktuellen Debatten in den Critical Management Studies nachzuvollziehen. Das Special Issues enthält auch den inzwischen klassischen Beitrag von Fournier und Grey zur Programmatik der CMS: