Questioning Consensus, Cultivating Conflict

Christian De Cock*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstrakt

This article puts into question the preoccupation with consensus and convergence that seems to characterize the field of organization and management theory (OMT). Much effort has been directed to providing a model of unification legitimating the political containment of conflictual diversity. Even potentially controversial debates (such as the “paradigm wars”) have taken on a rather tired quality as academics tend to look for middle ground or are happy to retreat into private language games. This article suggests that we should move beyond bridging or containment strategies and strive for a true repoliticization of the field. This presupposes that we learn to value notions of conflict and struggle again, rather than muffling them by referring to a common so-called professionalism. In developing the argument, the article connects with the thinking of Mikhail Bakhtin, offering a challenge to integration and/or consensus and fragmentation and/or incommensurability discourses that seem so prevalent in the field today.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Management Inquiry
Vol/bind15
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)18-30
ISSN1056-4926
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2006
Udgivet eksterntJa

Emneord

  • Bakhtin
  • Paradigm wars
  • Pluralism
  • Politics
  • Relevance debates

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