Rethinking Culture, Organization and Management

1st Edition

Robert McMurray, Alison Pullen

March 30, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 104 Pages
ISBN 9780367234102 - CAT# K422440
Series: Routledge Focus on Women Writers in Organization Studies

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This book reimagines what it is to organize or manage in contemporary work environments, though looking at ideas such as culture and objectivity.

Emerging at about the same time as Schein’s well-known theory of culture, Joanne Martin’s multiple perspectives on culture have, until now, been accessed by a privileged few. However, Martin’s account of culture is shown to be more nuanced, fluid and multi-levelled. Subsequent chapters reimagine the nature of organizing, rationality and bureaucracy through the works of Judi Marshall, Arlie Hochschild and Kathy Ferguson to provide an equally radical re-reading of what happens in organization and management. These works draw on diverse feminist perspectives to critique traditional accounts and offer new discourses. The same is true of Donna Haraway’s work and her refutation of our conventional understanding of objectivity, in favour of a feminist objectivity. From partiality we move to absence, and Marguerite Yourcenar’s emphasis on the importance of silences in understanding not only organizations but organization studies more broadly. Smircich and Calás then round off the volume by assessing the contribution of feminism to organization studies, and reflecting on how the field may unfold in the future.


This book will be relevant to students and researchers across business and management, organizational studies, critical management studies, gender studies and sociology.

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