The paper “ What Does It Mean to Study Management Critically? ” is a spectacular example of the literature review on management. Management involves planning, organizing leading and controlling of human as well as other resources in order to enable organizations to achieve their objectives efficiently and effectively (Weddell, Jones & George 2011, p. 3). This means that management is composed of a variety of tasks and responsibilities. Therefore, in this essay am going to argue that studying management critically is vital. To begin with, management and organizations are part of the society thus they are directly impacted by our social, cultural, and political life.
Secondly, managers are required to assume a variety of responsibilities hence this may pose a challenge on their ability to achieve their organization's objectives. Finally, managers are required to have a variety of skills in order to overcome the challenges in their organizations and in the global environment. In section one I will explain the first point by referring to the social structure of managerial work (Jackall 2010, p. 18) and what it pertains. I will also argue how management is influenced by culture (Klein, 2001) as well as how organizations affect political activities (Morgan 2006, p.
149) In section two I will use the work of Mintzberg (1971, p. 97) and Weddell, Jones and George (2011, p. 3) to illustrate the responsibilities that managers are required to assume and argue why they may present a challenge in enabling organizations to achieve their objectives. In section three, I will outline why challenges in the workplace and in the global environment require managers to have a variety of skills (Weddell, Jones & George 2011, p.
45). Thus, based on these three points, I propose that studying management critically is important and essential. Finally, I will discuss what critical analysis pertains in relation to management by referring to Galleries & Currie (2012, p. 311) and Willmott and Alvesson (2011, p. 205). It is by learning and having the necessary skills that can assist managers to obtain interesting experience concerning their work.
Edwards, P & Wajcman, J 2005, The Politics of Working Life, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Galliers, R & Currie, W 2011,The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Griffins, W 2011, Fundamentals of Management, Cengage Learning, Mason.
Jackall, R 2010, Moral Mazes, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Klein, N 2001, No Logo, The Guardian, Viewed 3 December 2012, < http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2000/nov/27/firstchapters.extract>.
Linstead, S, Fulop, L & Lilley, S (ed.) 2009, Management: A Critical Text, Macmillan, Melbourne.
Mintzberg, H 1971, ‘Managerial Work: Analysis from Observation’, Management Science, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 97-110.
Morgan, G 2006, Images of Organization, Sage Publications, London.
Thompson, P & McHugh, P 2003, Work Organizations: A Critical Introduction, 3rd ed, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
Waddell, D, Jones, G & George, J 2011, Contemporary Management, Australia, McGraw-Hill.
Willmott, H, Alvesson, M 2011, Making Sense of Management: A critical Introduction, Sage Publications, London.