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Management Tools
A Social Sciences Perspective

  • Date Published: September 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428958


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  • No organization is immune from the influence of management tools. Such tools as norms, indicators, ranking, evaluation grids and management control systems have moved outside the managerial and consultancy realm within which they were first developed to reach public administrations and policy-makers, as well as a range of other governmental and non-governmental organizations. Taking management tools out of the practical and utilitarian contexts to which they are often consigned and approaching them from a social analytical perspective, this book gives primacy to these everyday objects that constitute the background of organizational life and remain too often unquestioned. Bringing together developing streams of research from anthropology, political science, social psychology, sociology, accounting, organisation theory and management, Ève Chiapello and Patrick Gilbert offer an unprecedented theoretical synthesis that will help managers, scholars and policy-makers to unpack the functional and dysfunctional roles and effects of management tools within and across organizations.

    • Delivers a comprehensive survey of the wide-ranging research about management tools
    • Provides the first study of management tools from a social scientific perspective
    • Will be of use to both scholars of management, social sciences and professionals working with management tools
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    'What are the tools that make it possible to manage? How do we make use of them, control them and to what effect? These are the fundamental questions that Chiapello and Gilbert address in a book that is as useful as it is fascinating. It is one that has much to teach not only scholars of management and organizations but also those want to think deeply about just what technology does.' Wendy Nelson Espeland, Northwestern University, Illinois

    'Organised along the distinction between different paradigms and based on illuminating empirical examples, this unique book comprehensively restores the theoretical, epistemological and methodological foundations of the diverse ways of knowing and inquiring on management tools and on tools of government. This brilliant tour de force is a must-read for all students and academics in the field of management, sociology, organisation theory and public policy and for all those fascinated by the power of instruments at the heart of capitalism, science and politics.' Philippe Bezes, Centre national de la recherche scientifique and Sciences Po

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428958
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Foundations for Thinking about Management Instrumentation:
    1. Theoretical foundations: from the study of technique to the analysis of management tools
    2. Traditional approaches: management tools in the history of organisation theory
    Part II. Three Major Types of Social Science Approaches:
    3. Critical perspectives on management tools
    4. Institutionalist perspectives on management tools
    5. Interactional perspectives on management tools
    Part III. Synthesis:
    6. The agency of management tools

  • Authors

    Ève Chiapello, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
    Ève Chiapello is Professor at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, where she holds a chair in the 'sociology of the transformation of capitalism'. She was previously Professor at the HEC School of Management, Paris. Her previously published works comprise numerous articles and books including: Artistes versus Managers, (1998), Le nouvel esprit du capitalisme (1999, with Luc Boltanski), translated into nine languages including English (2005).

    Patrick Gilbert, IAE Paris
    Patrick Gilbert holds a Ph.D. in Management and is graduated in organizational psychology. He is Emeritus Professor at Sorbonne Business Scool (IAE Paris) and Research Director at the Mutations Anticipations Innovations Chair. He is also member of the board of several scientific societies such as the Association francophone de Gestion des Ressources Humaines (AGRH) and Association Internationale de Psychologie du Travail de Langue Française (AIPTLF).

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