Managerialism and nihilism

Currie, David, Mcelwee, Gerard and Somerville, Peter (2012) Managerialism and nihilism. Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 10 (4). pp. 61-72. 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.

Keywords:Managerialism, Nietzsche, Organisational culture
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:9766
Deposited On:07 Jun 2013 09:55

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