Critical Management Studies and Business Ethics: A Synthesis and Three Research Trajectories for the Coming Decade [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 94 (S2):227 - 237 (2010)

Critical management studies (CMS) has emerged as an influential paradigm for organization and management researchers in the last three decades. While various strands of CMS have been adopted to conceptualize or empirically investigate a myriad of organizational phenomena, researchers in the field have yet to substantively apply this paradigm to the study of business ethics. This is unfortunate inasmuch as CMS potentially offers important analytical tools from which to address a range of germane issues pertaining to business ethics. As such, the aim of this article is to broadly introduce CMS to the business ethics scholarly community, underscoring particularly its central ontological and epistemological commitments. This article further identifies several important CMS-inflected research trajectories that scholars may pursue to explore pressing questions related to business ethics. In sum, the authors underscore the utility of CMS to the study business ethics and call for increased inquiry in this intersectional domain
Keywords critical management studies  business ethics  reflexivity  denaturalization  performativity
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DOI 10.1007/s10551-011-0753-9
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