A Research Agenda for Management and Organization Studies
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A Research Agenda for Management and Organization Studies

Edited by Barbara Czarniawska

Managing and organizing are now central phenomena in contemporary societies. It is essential they are studied from a variety of perspectives, and with equal attention paid to their past, their present, and their future. This book collects opinions of the trailblazing scholars concerning the most important research topics, essential for study in the next 15–20 years. The opinions concern both traditional functions, such as accounting and marketing, personnel management and strategy, technology and communication, but also new challenges, such as diversity, equality, waste and cultural encounters. The collection is intended to be inspiration for young scholars and an invitation to a dialogue with practitioners.
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Chapter 15: Towards an alternative Business School: a School of Organizing

Martin Parker


It is a truth not often enough repeated that when someone announces what they think should be the case, we should all be suspicious.When that someone is a supposedly eminent professor who has been asked to lay out a research agenda for management and organization studies, aimed at younger scholars who are seen in need of such direction, we should be even more suspicious. Indeed, if I were you, I would ignore everything that follows. You don’t need this patronizing crap. Yet what’s the alternative? That is to say, what is the alternative to paying attention to the chapter that follows which tries to sell a new kind of Business School, a School of Organizing?

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