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Critical Management Studies (CMS) Call for Submissions

 Call for Submissions 


Program Chair: Marcos Barros, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France;
Program Co-chair: Patrizia Zanoni, Hasselt University;

We invite submissions falling within the scope of the CMS Division’s domain statement for the scholarly program at the 2019 Academy of Management meeting in Boston.

The CMS Division provides a forum for the sharing of research that is critical of established mainstream management practice and the taken-for-granted socio-economic orders informing organization and business and organizing society at large, and that has the ambition to foster change. Our premise is that structural features of contemporary capitalist societies encourage organizations – and those that lead and inhabit them – to dominate and exploit. Approaches to understanding and challenging these structure and dynamics draw on a wide range of critical theories including feminist, postcolonial, labor process, Marxist and post-Marxist, political, post-structuralist, postmodern, psychoanalytic, critical discourse analysis, as well as other approaches. Recent topics include, among others, but are not limited to: control and resistance, discourse, identity and subjectivity; economic inequality; social change and social movements; capitalism and oppression; alternative economic and organizational forms; power elites; neoliberalism and organization; embodiment, affect and ethics; global migrations, inequality and capitalism; ecology and capitalism; power, gender and diversity; and critical histories of management thought.

As critical management scholars, the theme of the 2019 meeting, “Understanding the Inclusive Organization”, resonates with us deeply. The dynamics of exclusion and the possibility of alternative, inclusive modalities of organization have been from the very beginning at the very heart of our community, around issues of power, politics, inclusive and diverse workplaces, and voice and representation among many other dimensions. In considering the multifarious ways in which CMS scholars can engage with the 2019 AoM theme of inclusion, we invite engagement with questions such as the following, while remaining open to other possibilities:

How can critical theories help gain understanding of the mechanisms of organizational inclusion and exclusion?

Which role do intersecting socio-demographic identities play in the dynamics of individuals’ and groups’ exclusion from organizations, marginalization within organizations, modalities of control and the reproduction of unequal power relations?

What is the theoretical and political price of conceptual shifts from equal opportunities to diversity and today to inclusion? What kinds of subject positions does the discourse of inclusion perform?

How does power inform the notion of inclusion? How can critical theories help politicize the notion of inclusion? 

On what conditions are workers included in transnational value chains and global capitalism?

How do inclusive organizations and labor markets look like? How do policies fostering them look like?

What can inclusion mean in increasingly fragmented organizations and precarious employment relations? 

How do established and emergent technologies foster inclusion or exclusion in organizations and work? Who gets to be included and excluded? What are other material practices of inclusion and exclusion?

Which narratives of belonging are promoted by contemporary organizations and how do they include some and exclude others?  How do neoliberal discourses of work, employment and entrepreneurship include or exclude specific subjects? How do past and current conservative, populistic and xenophobic political discourses affect the organization of society and organizations’ exclusionary practices?  

How is inclusion negotiated in organizations and by whom? How can inclusion and exclusion be mobilized to advance claims of recognition, redistribution, and representation?

What are the affective modalities of inclusion and exclusion in organizations?

How can exclusion be leveraged to foster radical forms of resistance? And conversely, how can inclusion be leveraged to foster collective alternatives?    

How are our own professional practices as scholars, teachers, activists, managers exclusive or inclusive?

All of the above, and much more, provide rich topics for critical inquiry.

Scholarly papers (theoretical and empirical) and symposium proposals that address the conference theme are particularly welcomed. Papers and symposium proposals not directly engaging with the conference theme are also invited as long as they relate to the CMS domain and advance scholarship within the Academy. In addition, we encourage submissions that cross division and interest group boundaries to engage members from across the Academy; in particular, we encourage symposium proposals with multiple division co-sponsors.

If you would like to discuss a potential submission, especially for a symposium, you are invited to email us ( no later than December 16, 2018, with your ideas.

CMS Division Awards

As part of the scholarly program, the Division will present a number of awards recognizing:

Best Paper

Best Doctoral Student Paper

Best International Business Paper

Best Critical Management Learning and Education Paper

Best ‘Dark Side’ Case Study

Best Doctoral Dissertation

Best Developmental Reviewer

Please refer to the Division’s website for more detail on these awards. We will celebrate all award recipients at the Division’s meeting in Boston.

Call for Reviewers: Our Community Needs You!


The success of our Division’s scholarly program very much depends on as many members as possible signing up as reviewers. The more members signing up, the less review work each reviewer will need to do. Even if you are not intending to submit or attend, we very much encourage you to sign up as a reviewer, too. Our strength as a community comes from as many members as possible participating as fully as possible to lighten the load for everyone. The Division recognizes the valuable role played by reviewers through its award for Best Developmental Reviewer. You can sign up now to review at The review period is from mid-January to mid-February 2019.

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