Quotation Messner, Martin, Clegg, Stewart, Kornberger, Martin. 2008. Critical Practices in Organizations. Journal of Management Inquiry. 17 (2), 68-82.


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This article deals with the phenomenon of criticism in organizations. Existing organizational literature, where it has addressed criticism, mostly tends to see it as an extraordinary phenomenon. By contrast, in this article, the authors argue that criticism may also originate from strongly embedded and more ordinary practices. Thus, there is a theoretical need for considering those critical practices that are structurally and/or formally institutionalized within the organization. They reflect the organizational status quo and promote a reproduction of existing structures of power/knowledge. Drawing on ideas from practice theory, institutional theory, and Foucault's analytics of power/knowledge regimes, the authors introduce a typology that distinguishes forms of criticism according to the degree to which they are coupled with particular organizational practices, their rationalities, and corresponding power relations. They then focus on those forms of criticism that are strongly linked to organizational practices and illustrate the ambiguous effects of such an “organization of criticism.”

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Management Inquiry
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Critical Practices in Organizations
Volume 17
Number 2
Year 2008
Page from 68
Page to 82
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1056492607305898
Open Access N

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Kornberger, Martin (Details)
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Clegg, Stewart (UTS, Australia)
Messner, Martin (HEC Paris, France)
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