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Organization and Innovation By David Knights

Organization and Innovation by David Knights

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This book argues that a new range of management innovations reflects and facilitates the reproduction of a neo-liberal economics.

Organization and Innovation Summary

Organization and Innovation by David Knights

  • What do recent management fads and fashions have in common?
  • What are the implications and limitations of the prescriptions on offer for people's working lives?
Managerial fads and fashions, guru panaceas and organisational innovations have proliferated over the last 20 years. Drawing on case studies from the UK manufacturing and financial service sectors, this book argues that the emergence and popularity of a new range of management innovations reflects and facilitates the reproduction of a neo-liberal economics that has dominated Western politics for over almost a quarter of a century.

The book contends that current management thinking around 'new' forms of work organization is immersed in a contemporary version of the American Dream. Referring to empirical research, the authors identify numerous difficulties confronting the implementation of this discourse, including:
  • Collective and individual forms of resistance
  • Unintended consequences and contradictory tensions around the notions of autonomy versus control
  • Individualism versus collectivism
  • Insecurity versus commitment
  • Quality versus quantity.
Organization and Innovation concludes that the contemporary American Dream offers only 'one' dream of a better tomorrow and offers a powerful argument that we should seek other dreams that question rather than simply legitimise current inequalities.

About David Knights

David Knights is based at the University of Exeter and Darren McCabe is based at Keele University, both in the UK.

Table of Contents

Series editor's foreword

Part one

Management innovation in historical perspective
The false promise of the American Dream
organization, innovation and change management
A research framework; TQM as an illustrative case

Part two

Manufacturing autonomy
re-engineering and culture change
Tales of the unexpected
strategic management and innovation
Teamworking and resistance
A "one team" approach to knowledge management

Part three


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Organization and Innovation by David Knights
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Open University Press
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