A Foucauldian counter-history of management
Cummings, Stephen (1999) A Foucauldian counter-history of management. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Part one defines this thesis's research questions: how has Management come to be such
a powerful but unquestioned presence in Western life?; and, why does so much 'new'
Management knowledge appear to be similar to earlier Management thinking? It outlines
the object under investigation and determines the method by which these questions may
best be investigated.
In Part Two a normative tableau is developed. Three different episteme are presented
as a framework against which the specificity of Managements forms, formation and
subsequent ways of 'seeing and speaking' can be analysed in Part Three.
Part Three examines the way that Managenzent's history encourages the privileging of
certain forms and 'visibilities'. These aspects, which are widely regarded as universal,
are shown to be specifically Modernist. However, their privilege is maintained by a web
of links or formation of institutions that discourages their being questioned. Management
is thus a particularly influential subject within Modernism. However, it is limited by
appearing unable to speak or see in any manner other than Modernist.
Reformulating the historical view of Management may enable it to see differently. Part
Four investigates how this might be done and flags up the implications of doing so for
Western society in general.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Management -- History, Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984 -- Criticism and interpretation|
|Official Date:||May 1999|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Warwick Business School|
|Extent:||viii, 386 leaves|
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