Understanding Management Critically

A Student Text

About the Website

Welcome to the companion website for Understanding Management Critically: A Student Text by Dyer et al.

This website offers free additional teaching and learning resources for both lecturers and students.


For lecturers:

Detailed chapter by chapter teaching notes, including:

  • Chapter summaries
  • Chapter specific teaching notes
  • Class activities and exercises
  • Additional resources
  • Chapter reflection


For students:

Detailed notes to assist personal study, including:

  • Chapter summaries
  • Revision notes
  • Additional exercises
  • “People to meet” section
  • Recommended web links
  • “Could you, would you, should you?” reflective questions
  • Reflections


About the Book

‘This book includes crucial reflection to prepare managers, students, and teachers to go deeper into topics, get fired up, and take critical management action.’
David M. Boje, New Mexico State University, US

‘This is an urgent text. It insists that management education should indeed be education, not indoctrination. For the authors, education always carries the promise of emancipation from the exploitations of the working world for both students and teachers, and the liberation of this planet from ignorance of those who would plunder it. The authors rightly trust that given the right critical tools and resources, management students can recognise and confront the propaganda issued by many business schools and business scholars on such topics as leadership and globalisation. This book provides those crucial tools and resources.’

Stefano Harney, Professor of Strategic Management, Singapore Management University

‘A critical look at today’s challenges, this made-for-classroom resource questions the assumptions of an “old school” management education system, and turns the spotlight on management education for people and planet.'

Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office, New York, USA

In these times of global economic crisis, social unrest towards the powers that be, and a yearning for alternative systems and organization, it is now more relevant than ever for you to take a critical stance to your management studies in order to analyse, understand and question the world around you and the capitalist stronghold in which you live and work.

This new thought-provoking text uses critical theory and revolutionary ideas to help you challenge the status quo and prevailing ideologies in management. It covers key issues, thinkers and topics in an accessible style to provide a broad and clear understanding of vital theory which is applied to the real world through international case studies and reflective questions and think points for you to carry into practice.

This text is essential reading for any undergraduate or postgraduate student studying critical management or any management course with a critical slant.

Suzette Dyer lectures in Human Resource Management at the University of Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Maria Humphries is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. 

Dale Fitzgibbons is an Associate Professor of Management in the Department of Management & Quantitative Methods (MQM) at Illinois State University, USA. 

Fiona Hurd is a doctoral student in Human Resource Management at the University of Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.