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Managerialism and Nihilism

McElwee, Gerard, Currie, David and Somerville, Peter (2012) Managerialism and Nihilism. Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 10 (4). ISSN 1532-5555

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This reflection adopts a critical approach to critique the ‘Excellence Literature’ in management, taking a Nietzschean perspective on nihilism Nihilism is often seen as a negative state, and the work of White (1990) suggests that there are different forms of nihilism which we argue have consequences for the nature of management. Two case studies and an illustration of issues encountered in the authors’ direct experience serve to illustrate these forms.
We are also concerned in our roles as ‘management educators’ as to the implications for our classroom practice, where we seek to engage in what has been described as ‘critical management development’. Thus, the paper concludes by questioning why approaches such as the ‘Excellence’ literature are still so prominent in MBA programmes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Schools: Huddersfield Business School
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2015 15:28
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:56


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