CRITICAL MANAGEMENT STUDIES (CMS)
Program Chair: Marcos Barros, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France; firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Co-chair: Patrizia Zanoni, Hasselt University; email@example.com
invite submissions falling within the scope of the CMS Division’s domain
statement for the scholarly program at the 2019 Academy of Management meeting
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.
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
How can critical theories help
gain understanding of the mechanisms of organizational inclusion and exclusion?
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?
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?
does power inform the notion of inclusion? How can critical theories help
politicize the notion of inclusion?
what conditions are workers included in transnational value chains and global
do inclusive organizations and labor markets look like? How do policies
fostering them look like?
can inclusion mean in increasingly fragmented organizations and precarious
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?
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?
are the affective modalities of inclusion and exclusion in organizations?
can exclusion be leveraged to foster radical forms of resistance? And
conversely, how can inclusion be leveraged to foster collective
are our own professional practices as scholars, teachers, activists, managers
exclusive or inclusive?
of the above, and much more, provide rich topics for critical inquiry.
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.
you would like to discuss a potential submission, especially for a symposium,
you are invited to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
no later than December 16, 2018, with your ideas.
CMS Division Awards
part of the scholarly program, the Division will present a number of awards
Doctoral Student Paper
International Business Paper
Critical Management Learning and Education Paper
‘Dark Side’ Case Study
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!
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 http://review.aom.org/. The review
period is from mid-January to mid-February 2019.