Critical Management Research in Eastern Europe: Managing the by Mihaela Kelemen, Monika Kostera

By Mihaela Kelemen, Monika Kostera

Featuring a wealth of recent ethnographic and interview-based research,Critical administration examine in jap Europe argues that the reform procedure in imperative and japanese Europe has been ruled through the normal 'Western' view of administration perform. despite the fact that, this method overlooks the truth that sure managerial and organizational practices constructed in primary and jap Europe should still be acceptable and certainly powerful inside this actual environment. The e-book brings jointly authors from either East and West Europe to judge how the 2 structures can top be harmonized.

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In the economic system uncertainty is therefore processed via the medium (money) and through the form (organization) (see Luhmann, 1981, 1994). Research on decision-making processes within organizations is carried out primarily according to two schools of thought: the school of behavioural science, on the one hand, and the school of neoinstitutional organizational research, on the other hand (see Kieser, 1994). Research based on behavioural science focuses in particular on the analysis of organizational programs and methods that produce meaningful interpretations and decisions.

However, it is precisely these carefree and simple forms that allow decisions to be arrived at and justified. This does not imply that the actors falsify or substitute economic reality. Rather the methods described are ways of using economic representation that are central to the successive reduction of complexity. A further aspect is linked with this: it is characteristic for bankers to have infallible belief – the doxa of the field according to Bourdieu (1979: pp. 318–34) – in the meaning and importance of expert opinions.

The logic of representation tends to follow formal rationality – it employs ostensive definitions (fixed definitions that say ‘what reality is really like’). It is abstract, rhetorically accomplished, and uses stylized narrative knowledge, and formal rationality as main organizing devices. Furthermore, theory is different from both practice and representation, even though it may reflect on both. Theory tends to hide its rhetorical dimension, making claims to use formal logic. The burgeoning number of management recipe books, that is, books not acknowledging the distinction between practice, representation, and theory abound on the market and do, in our opinion, more harm than good.

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