Research subjects/research subjections

Exploring the ethics and politics of critical research

Edward Wray-Bliss*

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I use this paper to reflect upon the ethics and politics of Critical Management Studies (CMS) research. I highlight a potential for problematic power relations in CMS and, drawing upon Foucault's (1976) 'five methodological precautions' for analysing power, I explore these power relations as an effect of the micro-constitution of 'subordinate' and 'superior' subject positions within the research process. Through detailed analysis of a research interview transcript I illustrate how the researched's 'subordinate' and researcher's 'superior' subject positions may be constructed as an outcome of normal and well-intentioned CMS research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-325
Number of pages19
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes

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