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Management as an Academic Discipline?

De Cock, CJL and O'Doherty, D (2017) 'Management as an Academic Discipline?' In: Wilkinson, A and Armstrong, SJ and Lounsbury, M, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Management. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198708612

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To study something like 'management' as an 'academic discipline' inevitably leads to the question: What is disciplinary about management? In this chapter we put in play various meanings of 'discipline' and the effects these produce. An important reference is the work of Michel Foucault who reminds us of the importance of a vigilant and permanent questioning of 'discipline'. One response is to linger - in a somewhat irreverent fashion - on certain issues that management scholars may have ignored in their corpus of knowledge. In what is a rather peculiar body of literature and practices that makes up ?business and management studies?, we show that discipline is far from disciplined. As a practice it is best characterised as promiscuous and eclectic. Yet, the clarion call of discipline remains. In a final twist, this chapter argues it is important to retain this legacy so that its constant re-invention remains a possibility.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a draft of a chapter that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the forthcoming book The Oxford Handbook of Management edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Steven J Armstrong, and Michael Lounsbury due for publication in 2017.
Uncontrolled Keywords: management, business and management studies, management as an academic discipline, Michel Foucault, practice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
Depositing User: Christian De Cock
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 12:00
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2018 18:40

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