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Project Objectives Historiography in management and organization studies
Actor-network theory; Critical Sens...
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Sociology of Management Knowledge


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Sociology of Management Knowledge

  1. 1. Research Team Project Objectives Historiography in management and organization studies Actor-network theory; Critical Sensemaking and ANTi-History Sociology of Management Knowledge Network (SMK-N) Reassembling Canadian Management Knowledge: Dispersion, Equity, Identity and History Management theorizing and (the Canadian) context The overall objective of this study is to gain a greater understanding of how management knowledge in Canada is developed and the implications for: I. Management education and the diversification and dissemination of ideas II. Gender equity III. Canadian identity and history in management theorizing Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Micro processes of knowledge production Feminist theories of the gendering of knowledge How do certain forms of (management) knowledge become gendered (i.e., favour masculinity over femininity; maleness over femaleness, etc.)? By understanding some key processes through which knowledge comes to privilege masculinity over femininity, we can identity more profound ways of addressing discriminatory practices. How do certain forms of (management) knowledge develop? Through greater understanding of the process we are better placed to understand, encourage and disseminate diverse ideas or forms of knowledge. How is knowledge of the past created and how does this shape our understanding of management and organizational history (in Canada)? Here we are interested in examining the processes through which a history (or histories) of Canadian management thought is lacking and where US management thought appears to dominate Canadian management theorizing. This research takes a postpositivist approach that combines actor-network theory, poststructuralist feminist theory, and an approach to the study of history and the past, ANTi-History, that draws on the sociology of knowledge, poststructuralist historiography and actor network theory that is closer to cultural theory than history per se. This research draws on insights from sociology, gender studies/feminism, and cultural theory/new historicism. Albert J. Mills (Principal Investigator) Saint Mary’s University Jean Helms Mills (co-investigator) Saint Mary’s University Gabrielle Durepos (co-investigator) St. Frances Xavier University Amy Thurlow (co-investigator) Mount Saint Vincent University Terrence Weatherbee (co-investigator) Acadia University Patricia McLaren (co-investigator) Wilfrid Laurier University Kristene Coller (PhD student) Saint Mary’s University L-R Gabrielle Durepos, Terrance Weatherbee, Amy Thurlow, Jean Helms Mills, Albert Mills, Kristene Coller, Patricia McLaren