Doing Critical Management Research


Author: Mats Alvesson,Stanley Deetz
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446275760
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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`Alvesson and Deetz rehearse the arguments against neo-positivism and quantitative research very effectively... also make the important distinction between qualitative work in general and critical qualitative work in particular. The arguments here feel fresh and engaged, helped along by numerous illustrations and examples from particular research studies. ...a welcome antidote to the majority of methodology books, especially in a climate where research - especially at doctoral level- is increasingly prone to standardization. The value of the book in this regard cannot be overestimated, because it draws together insights and arguments. ...expect it to be widely read and cited, and to remain the standard text on critical management research practice for a good many years to come. This is an excellent text which combines a very impressive coverage of the literature while showing great care and thought in exposition' - Management Learning Providing a detailed discussion of the practice of doing critical research in organizations, utilizing both qualitative research processes and critical theories of organizations, this textbook will be essential for all those involved in interpreting and researching contemporary institutions and organizations. This volume gives an authoritative and insightful framework for navigating critical theories and methods across the social sciences, but in particular in relation to the study of corporate organizations.

Management Control in Public-Private Partnerships

Between International Governmental Actors and the Private Sector
Author: Thomas S. Konrad
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3658228687
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 448
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Thomas S. Konrad analyzes the management control design and reveals critical success factors of strategically oriented public-private partnerships for development between international governmental actors and the private sector. He builds a sound basis for the identification of a research gap and the derivation of research questions. The results generate sufficient evidence to answer these questions and therefore to close the identified research gap. Finally, he excelled in the discussion of the results by making a contribution of theory and by providing substantive recommendations to practitioners equally well.

Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies


Author: Mark Tadajewski,Pauline Maclaran,Elizabeth Parsons,Martin Parker
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1849205698
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further. With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature.

The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies


Author: Mats Alvesson,Todd Bridgman,Hugh Willmott
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191608092
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 604
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Critical Management Studies (CMS) has emerged as a movement that questions the authority and relevance of mainstream thinking and practice. Critical of established social practices and institutional arrangements, it challenges prevailing systems of domination and promotes the development of alternatives to them. CMS draws upon diverse critical traditions. Of particular importance for its initial articulation was the thinking of members of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. From these foundations, CMS has grown into a pluralistic and inclusive movement incorporating a diverse range of perspectives - ranging from labour process theory to radical feminism. In recent times, a set of ideas broadly labelled 'poststructuralist' have been developed to complement and challenge the insights of Critical Theory, giving new impetus for scholars seeking to challenge the status quo and articulate a more inclusive and humane future for management practice. The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies provides an overview of theoretical approaches, key topics, issues, and subject specialisms in management studies, as well as a set of reflections on the progress and prospects of CMS. Contributors are all specialists in the respective fields and share a concern to interrogate and challenge received wisdom about management theory and practice. Given the rapid growth of the CMS movement, its ever increasing theoretical and geographical diversity and its outreach into the public sphere, The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies is a timely publication. In addition to UK contributors, where CMS has developed most rapidly, there is strong representation from North American contributors as well as from areas where CMS has taken hold more recently, such as Australasia.

Management research

an introduction
Author: Mark Easterby-Smith,Richard Thorpe,Andy Lowe
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 172
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Although the books written on research methods have originated from many different fields and many are cross-disciplinary, management research poses its own distinctive problems and unique challenges. The authors of Management Research examine the particular characteristics of research in management, and the factors likely to lead to successful research in this area, including the personal qualities of the researcher. This volume presents a clear, accessible introduction to the practice and principles of management research. It takes the reader through the "basic" practicalities of undertaking research, from the planning of a project through to the presentation and dissemination of findings. Topics discussed include the philosophical assumptions underpinning research design, the choice of different methodologies, and the political and ethical dimensions of management research. A wide range of research methods and techniques are considered, from qualitative interviewing to such techniques as critical incident analysis and the repertory grid, and sampling and questionnaire design in quantitative research. Throughout, the authors provide numerous examples from their own research. An invaluable addition to the management literature, Management Research will be essential reading for academics, researchers, and managers. "The authors devote a chapter to the politics (and ethics) of research, the third major element being technique, varieties of which receive a more balanced treatment than in the other works reviewed here. Quantitative methods are reviewed in a way which even the non-numerate could understand; the chapter on finishing and writing up research contains several ideas, including mind-mapping, worthy of a more extended treatment. An accessible relaxed style enables the authors to deal with issues that are intellectually demanding and at times controversial, encouraging the researcher to develop a self-reflexive capacity to manage research as both personal and public learning" --Management Education and Development "I believe this book should be required reading for anyone embarking on research. It introduces a broad range of issues relating to a successful research outcome. The style of writing and the way the book is laid out make it very easy to read, besides which the sections deliver pinsharp discussion of the minutiae of the techniques, evaluation and analysis of the two methods." --Management Centre Doctoral Journal "In addressing issues implicit in their assumptions the authors cover a wide range of research methods and techniques, provide extensive references and numerous examples." --The International Journal of Marketing Management "A very clear and accessible introduction to the principles and practice of management research." --Journal of the Institute of Health Education "As an introduction to management research this book is on balance and welcomed. . . . For the newcomer to the area it provides a reasonable starting stage. The newcomer can use it to locate further, more detailed, sources on various aspects of research. For the experienced researcher, it is useful as a source, to skim through to see if novel techniques or theoretical perspectives exist and where to look for more information on them." --International Small Business Journal "A lucid introduction to management research. . . .I will be recommending the book to graduate researchers at master's and doctoral level. It is a book that deserves to succeed for its honesty, clarity, and common sense." --Leadership & Organisation Development Journal

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates


Author: Mike Wallace,Alison Wray
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473968038
Category: Reference
Page: 296
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Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy here Reading critically, and writing using critical techniques, are crucial skills you need to apply to your academic work. Practical and engaging, Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates is bursting with tools for analysing texts and structuring critical reviews, helping you to gradually build your skills beyond undergraduate level and gain confidence in your ability to critically read and write. New to this 3rd edition: Introduces a technique for developing critical thinking skills by interrogating paper abstracts Additional diagrams, exercises and concept explanations, enabling you to more easily understand and apply the various approaches A glossary, to help with understanding of key terms. Also new for this edition, a Companion Website provides additional resources to help you apply the critical techniques you learn. From templates and checklists, access to SAGE journal articles and additional case studies, these free resources will make sure you successfully master advanced critical skills. If you need to engage with published (or unpublished) literature such as essays, dissertations or theses, research papers or oral presentations, this proven guide helps you develop a reflective and advanced critical approach to your research and writing. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

Strategic Human Resource Development


Author: Jim Grieves
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412932289
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
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`I thoroughly enjoyed this book which is well-argued, well-structured and superbly referenced. It will be of value to those studying change and strategic management and human resource development at masters level.... Whether it heralds a new approach to organizational change for the new century remains to be seen but it most certainly demolishes many of the recipes of the final part of the last one!' - The Leadership & Organization Development Journal By challenging the reactive, prescriptive and formulaic theories of late 20th century change management, Strategic Human Resource Development seeks to draw the boundaries for a new discipline that views change as an internal and proactive approach to organizations. As middle managers, supervisors and team leaders become increasingly involved in change, they need to learn how to become proactive by developing change from within. Leadership, strategy and critical thinking are today no longer simply the prerogatives of the top team. Strategic Human Resource Development provides a new perspective on managing change for the 21st century. In doing so, it promotes a more enlightened, ethical and skills-focused vision of change management by placing human resources back where they belong - at the forefront of the change agenda. This book is designed to show these skills to students at the master's level of change management, strategic management and human resource development.

Research methods for managers


Author: John Gill,Phil Johnson
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 233
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Instructors: Please click here to request a review copy of this title for adoption consideration. Desk copies are available by calling 1-800-818-7243. `With its comprehensive coverage, clear, logical structure and lucid, accessible writing style, this masterful introduction to management research sets a standard others will find hard to emulate. A highly informative 'must buy', I strongly recommend this text as essential reading for all engaged in research in management.' - Peter L Jennings, University of Southampton, School of Management `John Gill & Phil Johnson have written a text which is necessary reading for management students. But it is even more necessary reading for those managers - both of the student and//or practising variety - who in their search for a coherent and hard identity have chosen to see themselves as men and women of action rather than theorisers'-Alex Weich, Westminster Business School `Gill and Johnson do a first class job of interpreting and personalising the mystique of research in business and management. The new edition of their book offers a wealth of detail encompassing all aspects of research in practice [with] real insights into the process of selecting a research approach and the practical, philosophical and methodological implications that ensue. The authors well-grounded experience shows throughout the work injecting a much needed dose of realism. The result is a well-balanced treatment of the crucial issues in management research. As I was reading through the work, I found myself challenging my own research perceptions and approaches. I personally rate it as a real gem. A must for the questioning research student (and the professional researcher)' - Darren Dalcher, Head of Software Forensics Centre, Middlesex University The new and updated Third Edition of this bestselling introductory text: - Is even more practical and easy to use for students with exercises & an up to date glossary of terms - Provides new and updated examples of management research in practice - Uses detailed examples drawn from published management research to illustrate issues and methodologies - Provides in-depth suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter - Provides a sound basis and will continue to assist students at first degree, diploma, MBA or Doctorate level. The authors address key philosophical matters that are fundamental to any real understanding of the methodological approaches to management research. They challenge the advocacy of some methods over others, pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of different methods according to the kinds of data they afford. Research Methods for Managers enables students to take their first steps in project work, confident that they are on firm ground in their choice of methodological approaches.

Postgraduate Research in Business

A Critical Guide
Author: Sarah Quinton,Teresa Smallbone
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1847878032
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 184
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In Postgraduate Research in Business, Sarah Quinton and Teresa Smallbone provide a vital introduction to the research process and the thinking and learning skills needed to successfully complete postgraduate research. In step-by-step terms, the authors detail the `tools of the trade' - the practical and the intellectual skills - that underpin the study of Business and Management, from research skills and project planning to strategies for reading, writing and presentation. Postgraduate Research in Business provides: " A student-friendly guide to thinking critically about Business and Management research " Guidance on the best way to approach research " A clear focus on finding research topics and developing them in to dissertations " Essential help in forging critical reading skills " Helpful advice on making your research project manageable " An inside view on the assumptions and requirements of post graduate research in business " Structured support for writing up your research This is essential reading for any student doing an MBA, an MA, or starting a PhD in Business or Management Studies. It will provide a vital supplement to the plethora of textbooks in Business and Research Methods.

Managing Clergy Lives

Obedience, Sacrifice, Intimacy
Author: Nigel Peyton,Caroline Gatrell
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441129324
Category: Religion
Page: 208
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Managing Clergy Lives gives a unique insight into the everyday lives of Church of England parish priests. It examines how men and women priests manage their many and everyday commitments to God, the Church and their personal relationships. In a fast-changing world, Managing Clergy Lives shows how the vocational commitment of priests to their ordinal vows remains steadfast. For today's clergy, the ordained life means obedience, sacrifice and a loss of intimacy, embodied in spiritual self-discipline and the ultimate dedication of body and soul to God. Written by an Anglican Bishop (Peyton) in Dundee and a Senior Lecturer from Lancaster University (Gatrell), Managing Clergy Lives opens a window onto clergy households in terms of personal relationships, spirituality and work-home balance. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with 46 Area/Rural Deans, it reports their everyday experiences using their own words. The book reveals the stories behind the enduring commitment within the Church and gets behind the scenes in order to understand the staying power of men and women who are 'becoming priests' across a lifetime.

Fundamentals of Organization Development


Author: David Coghlan,Abraham B Shani
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN: 9781847870445
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 1672
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This collection brings together, for the first time, a diverse range of papers in the field, serving as the first point of reference for practitioners and academics alike. Adopting a critical perspective, the pre-eminent editors have brought acknowledged twentieth-century milestones together with modern classics from the founders of this core theoretical area of organization studies, as well as other largely unacknowledged and difficult to find highlights – a renewed focus on which will help redefine understanding of the field.

Doing a Literature Review

Releasing the Research Imagination
Author: Chris Hart
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1526423146
Category: Reference
Page: 352
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In combining a critical, philosophical approach with an expertly selected body of practical examples, the Second Edition of Chris Hart's landmark text provides both the intellectual understanding and the technical skills required to produce sophisticated, robust literature reviews of the very highest standard.

Narrative Methods for Organizational & Communication Research


Author: David M Boje
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412931428
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 160
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`The book is a unique and excellent introduction to postmodern narrative analyses' - Organization Studies `[This book] should succeed in putting the metaphorical cat amongst just about every metaphorical pigeon that might imaginably take flight within the organization and communication research arenas. Story time will never be the same again, nor will interpretative research' - Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney `Timely and first rate. It nicely stretches a reader's thinking about the topic' - Thomas Lee, University of Washington, School of Business `David Boje is a pioneering theorist in organization studies and management... [His book] is yet another example of Boje's pioneering spirit and concern for exactitude. [His] scholarly account of narrative and antenarrative methods is both corrective and exploratory of how stories must be understood in terms of their own internal dynamics, and not viewed as static entities. Boje's book is a magnificent start... A book that breaks new ground in organizational analysis, this is a must-read for researchers and practitioners in the fields of organization and management studies' - Adrian Carr, University of Western Sydney `Boje masterfully shows how to analyze texts and ideas before they are reduced and fitted into the dominant ideological frameworks of the day. [He] provides a powerful tool for achieving greater democracy in how we approach doing social science... [and] liberates our capacity to make meanings for ourselves' - Paul Hirsch, Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management `This is an important book. It is a major methodological contribution to critical, postmodern studies of organizations and management. It is essential reading for critical management scholars' - Robert P. Gephart, Jr., University of Alberta School of Business `David Boje has emerged as the leading postmodern thinker in management theory and organization science. His prolific output lights the path for others to follow in a field awakening to the challenge of postmodern critical theory. Updating and revising narrative theory for the prevailing "postmodern condition," Boje masterfully reconstructs the concepts and methods of storytelling, as he subverts the dominant principles of modernist organization theory. He offers a subtle and complex notion of narrative... This impressive book should leave an indelible mark on management and organization studies' - Steven Best, University of Texas, El Paso An essential guide for academics and researchers needing to look at alternative discourse analysis strategies. As a research tool, narrative methods have become increasingly useful in organization studies, where much research involves the interpretation of 'stories' in some form. This methodology can be applied where qualitative story analyses can help to assess interview, newspaper or web document stories for research projects. In this book, Boje sets out eight analysis options that can deal with storytelling, recognizing that stories in organizations can be self-destructing, flowing, networking and not at all static. In so doing, he shows ways in which narrative methods can be supplemented by 'antenarrative' methods, where fragmented and collective storytelling can be interpreted. A valuable resource that will be widely used in organizational or communications research, for graduate level qualitative methods seminars and by researchers wanting to do story analysis. David Boje is Professor at the New Mexico State University. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Organization.

Qualitative methods and analysis in organizational research

a practical guide
Author: Gillian Symon,Catherine Cassell
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9780761953500
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 255
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Qualitative Methods and Analysis in Organizational Research brings together and describes a wide range of qualitative methods in organizational research and shows how they can be used in practice. The diversity of methods provided highlights the range of work issues and environments in which qualitative methods can be applied. An introduction describes the development, position, and value of qualitative approaches in research in organizations. Each subsequent chapter takes a particular method as its theme, outlining the method and how it has been used in organizational research so far. It then provides a detailed example, with step-by-step instructions, of using the method and concludes with an evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses. Qualitative Methods and Analysis in Organizational Research complements and extends the previous qualitative methods in organizational research volume by these two editors. It provides further methods of qualitative data collection, while also covering methods for qualitative data analysis. Providing precise guidelines on carrying out specific forms of qualitative research, Qualitative Methods and Analysis in Organizational Research will be invaluable to researchers, students, and practitioners in management, organizational behavior, occupational and organizational psychology, industrial relations, and human resource management.

Constructing Research Questions

Doing Interesting Research
Author: Mats Alvesson,Jorgen Sandberg
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446290484
Category: Social Science
Page: 152
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All researchers want to produce interesting and influential theories. A key step in all theory development is formulating innovative research questions that will result in interesting and significant research. Traditional textbooks on research methods tend to ignore, or gloss over, actual ways of constructing research questions. In this text, Alvesson and Sandberg develop a problematization methodology for identifying and challenging the assumptions underlying existing theories and for generating research questions that can lead to more interesting and influential theories, using examples from across the social sciences. Established methods of generating research questions in the social sciences tend to focus on 'gap-spotting', which means that existing literature remains largely unchallenged. The authors show the dangers of conventional approaches, providing detailed ideas for how one can work through such problems and formulate novel research questions that challenge existing theories and produce more imaginative empirical studies. Constructing Research Questions is essential reading for any researcher looking to formulate research questions that are interesting and novel.

Ethnography in Organizations


Author: Helen B. Schwartzman
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780803943797
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 83
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In this volume, Schwartzman evaluates the range of ethnographic research that has been conducted on organizations. She also examines such important topics as: the roles and methods utilized by organizational ethnographers; the problems and prospects for conducting fieldwork in organizations; and the role that everyday but often overlooked routines - like meetings and story telling - play in the production and reproduction of organizations, institutions and society.

Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship


Author: Helle Neergaard,John P. Ulhøi
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1847204384
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 520
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. . . the Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship is an important contribution to the field, and should be referenced in any paper using qualitative methodologies to investigate the entrepreneurial phenomenon. Craig S. Galbraith, Journal of Enterprising Communities There is no hiding behind the ramparts of dry scholarship here. The credibility of the theory being spoken of is not the stuff of constructed proofs, but alignments of critical insight and utility. This is where qualitative work can make a difference to the field, and where this book makes its mark. Robin Holt, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research The Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship is an unusually solid and multifaceted book on what qualitative methods have done, are doing and will do in entrepreneurship research. Every serious entrepreneurship scholar should read it. It points at the future! Björn Bjerke, University of Kalmar, Sweden I would warmly recommend this unique collection of qualitative methods of entrepreneurship research to both mature and beginning researchers as a menu to choose from for their planned empirical studies. For those who try to get away from only quantitative studies in both business practice and academic research, this book is their chance to find a rich inspiration in reflecting on entrepreneurship as a lived experience using grounded theory and ethnographic, discourse and narrative approaches. It might convince editors of top journals of entrepreneurship research to welcome qualitative research submissions as an indispensable complement to quantitative only submissions. This domain is not physics. In bringing together such a variety of experts from so many nationalities in this Handbook, our Danish colleagues are making entrepreneurship research a realistic global venture. Jan Ulijn, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands Helle Neergaard and John Parm Ulhøi have compiled a remarkable collection of work that both represents the range of methods and demonstrates the depth of insight that can be achieved through qualitative approaches. This book is not simply a handbook of qualitative research methods, though it well achieves this aim, it is also an important contribution towards the field of entrepreneurship research. From the Foreword by Sara Carter This expansive and practical Handbook introduces the methods currently used to increase the understanding of the usefulness and versatility of a systematic approach to qualitative research in entrepreneurship. It fills a crucial gap in the literature on entrepreneurship theory, and, just as importantly, illustrates how these principles and techniques can be appropriately and fruitfully employed. The Handbook is underpinned by the belief that qualitative research has the potential to charter hitherto unexplored waters in the field of entrepreneurship and thus contribute significantly to its further advancement. The contributors seek to assist entrepreneurship researchers in making more informed choices and designing more rigorous and sophisticated studies. They achieve this by providing concrete examples of research experiences and tangible how to advice. By clarifying what these research methods entail, how they are currently being used and how they can be evaluated, this Handbook constitutes a comprehensive and highly accessible methodological toolbox. Dealing with both well-accepted qualitative approaches and lesser-known, rarer and more novel approaches to the study of entrepreneurship, this Handbook will be invaluable to those studying, researching and teaching entrepreneurship.

Transforming Communication, Transforming Business

Building Responsive and Responsible Workplaces
Author: Stanley Deetz
Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)
ISBN: 9781572730373
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 205
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Despite Recent Positive Reforms, Professor Deetz demonstrates that continuing political and economic changes necessitate a more radical rethinking of the practices of management and decision making in major corporations. Increasingly corporations are becoming understood as complex public/political sites of decision making. This includes both a rise in concern with diversity of the work force and a perceived right of competitive groups to participate in decision making. These concerns converge in the development of new stakeholder models of corporate decision making. Stakeholder models challenge the more typical views of organizations by demonstrating multiple forms of ownership and advantages accruing from the inclusion of a wider group of interests and goals in decision making. To fully realize the potential in this new situation, however, richer conceptions of communication, management, negotiation, and social decision making are necessary. Transforming Communication, Transforming Business considers current economic and social problems in the U.S. (and common to most economically advanced societies), develops a stakeholder model of corporate decision making which could help address these problems, explores growing diversity and the need for attention to everyday negotiation processes, reviews control systems within corporations that hamper stakeholder representation and organizational learning, and explores new conceptions of interaction that are likely to improve collaborative, creative decision making within corporations. Professor Deetz's own research on knowledge-intensive work as well as innovations in decision making at Saturn Corporation are used as case examples.