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Foucault, HRM and the Ethos of the Critical Management Scholar


  • Edward Barratt


This discussion reviews begins with a review of the uses to which Foucault's thought has been put in the study of human resource management, going on to consider - and to reject - a number of major criticisms of Foucault and Foucauldian studies of human resource management. Yet there remains much in Foucault's project that we seem often to ignore. Accordingly, the discussion considers the question of the articulation between Foucault's intellectual work and the practical, political spheres. Foucault conceives his own critical intellectual practice as part of a way of life analogous to the classical conception of an ethos. Adopting a loose and critical relationship to Foucault, the argument of the paper is that Foucault's ethos demands further attention as the possibilities for more practical and engaged forms of critical intellectual work have begun to be debated in management studies. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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  • Edward Barratt, 2003. "Foucault, HRM and the Ethos of the Critical Management Scholar," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(5), pages 1069-1087, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jomstd:v:40:y:2003:i:5:p:1069-1087

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    2. Tony J. Watson, 2004. "HRM and Critical Social Science Analysis," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 41(3), pages 447-467, May.
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    4. Nadia Gama & Steve McKenna & Amanda Peticca-Harris, 2012. "Ethics and HRM: Theoretical and Conceptual Analysis," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 111(1), pages 97-108, November.
    5. Maddy Janssens & Chris Steyaert, 2009. "HRM and Performance: A Plea for Reflexivity in HRM Studies," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(1), pages 143-155, January.
    6. Bogdan Costea & Kostas Amiridis & Norman Crump, 2012. "Graduate Employability and the Principle of Potentiality: An Aspect of the Ethics of HRM," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 111(1), pages 25-36, November.

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