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Critical Performativity: The unfinished business of critical management studies

Spicer, A., Alvesson, M. & Kärreman, D. (2009). Critical Performativity: The unfinished business of critical management studies. Human Relations, 62(4), pp. 537-560. doi: 10.1177/0018726708101984


We argue that critical management studies (CMS) should be conceptualized as a profoundly performative project. The central task of CMS should be to actively and pragmatically intervene in specific debates about management and encourage progressive forms of management. This involves CMS becoming affirmative, caring, pragmatic, potential focused, and normative. To do this, we suggest a range of tactics including affirming ambiguity, working with mysteries, applied communicative action, exploring heterotopias and engaging micro-emancipations.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2009
Publisher Keywords: Critical Management Studies, Pragmatism, Research Methods, Public Engagement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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