Re-searching ethics: Towards a more reflexive critical management studies

Joanna Brewis*, Edward Wray-Bliss

*Corresponding author for this work

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Fournier and Grey (2000) suggest that those inhabiting the contested terrain of Critical Management Studies (CMS) share a commitment to identifying inequality and subordination in organizations and to the associated possibility of emancipation, however this is conceived. Despite their additional claim that one crucial distinction between critical and non-critical management studies is the 'philosophical and methodological reflexivity' of the former (Fournier and Grey 2000: 19), our review indicates limits to this reflexivity in CMS's empirical practices ĝ€" indeed, we argue these may even be counter-productive with regard to its political allegiances. To encourage wider discussion of these issues, we provide a tripartite framework of understandings of research ethics drawn from within and outside the management academy, and interrogate the opportunities and limitations of each for enriching CMS research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1521-1540
Number of pages20
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


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