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									                                    CALL FOR PAPERS

         The Impact of Critical Management Studies on International Business

                                       CMS6 Stream

                 The Sixth International Critical Management Conference

                                     July 13-15, 2009
                                 Warwick Business School,
                               The University of Warwick, UK

                                     Stream Convenors

                     Joanne Roberts1, George Cairns and David L. Levy

This stream provides a timely opportunity to reflect upon the impact of Critical
Management Studies on the field of International Business.

Critical Management Studies (CMS) has successfully drawn together critical currents in
the study of management that originated in the 1970s and 1980s. The term CMS was
coined with the publication of Mats Alvesson and Hugh Willmott's edited collection
Critical Management Studies in 1992, and in 1999 the first CMS conference gave further
impetus to the movement and scope for the consolidation and development of critical
management theory.

Yet CMS is not alone in its criticism of established social practices and institutional
arrangements and challenges to the prevailing neo-liberal system. The 1990s saw the
emergence of a ground swell of popular protest against international capital and its
institutional sponsors. Demonstrations abounded against the activities of the
multinational corporations, like Nike, McDonald’s and Shell, as well as challenges to
international organisations like the World Trade Organisation and the International
Monetary Fund, with the Battle for Seattle in 1999 attracting world-wide media attention.

Despite popular discontent with international business practices and a growing
awareness from academics, particularly those associated with CMS, academic journals
in the field by and large failed to address issues of widespread interest to scholars
questioning contemporary international business practices. It was against this
background that Critical Perspectives on International Business (CPoIB) was founded in

In 2009 CPoIB will be into its fifth volume, an appropriate point at which to reflect upon
the development of critical thinking within the field of International Business. Moreover,
given that it will be over 10 years since the first CMS conference, an evaluation of the
impact of CMS on International Business (IB) is timely.

    Lead convenor (Joanne.Roberts@ncl.ac.uk).

The aim of this stream is to consider the impact of CMS on IB from a number of
viewpoints, including but not limited to:

          To what extent are critiques of IB evident in CMS?
          How has research in IB been influenced by the CMS movement?
          In what ways is a critical perspective influencing curriculum development and
           teaching methods in the field of IB?
          How are scholarly critiques of IB influencing the everyday activities of
           international businesses and regulatory institutions?
          Does a critical perspective limit research strategies in IB?
          What opportunities exist for career development of critical scholars in IB?
          What is the relationship between scholarly critique and popular protest
          What new or emerging trends are visible in the field of IB that can be
           attributed to a critical management perspective?
          What future trends can be identified in the study of IB?

Key deadlines

Submission of abstracts (maximum 1000 words, A4 paper, single spaced, 12 point font)
to Joanne Roberts (Joanne.Roberts@ncl.ac.uk) by - 1st November 2008.

Notification of paper acceptance - 31st December 2008.

Full papers to be submitted - 1st May 2009.


Dr Joanne Roberts (lead convenor) is a senior lecturer in management at Newcastle
University, UK. Her research interests include knowledge intensive services, new
information and communication technologies and knowledge transfer, communities of
practice and the internationalisation of services. She is co-founder and co-editor of the
international journal Critical Perspectives on International Business.
Address: Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, Armstrong
Building, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 7RU. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 191 222 6232.
Email: Joanne.Roberts@ncl.ac.uk

Professor George Cairns is Head of the School of Accounting, Finance and
Management at the University of Essex. His research interests include alternative forms
of organizational analysis, space and organization and representations of organization in
literary fiction. He is co-editor and co-founder of Critical Perspectives on International
Business. (From 1 July 2008, he takes up a post as Professor of Management at RMIT
University, Melbourne, Australia)

Address: School of Accounting, Finance and Management, University of Essex,
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester. CO4 3SQ. UK. Email: gcairns@essex.ac.uk

Professor David L. Levy is Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at
UMass-Boston. His research interests include the political economy of globalization and
global production networks, particularly as they intersect with contentious social and
political issues, such as the environment or outsourcing of services. David serves on the
editorial boards of the journals Organization and Environment, Critical Perspectives on
International Business, and the International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable
Development. David is active within the Critical Management Studies interest group of
the Academy of Management.
Address: Department of Management and Marketing, University of Massachusetts,
Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125, USA.
E-mail: David.Levy@umb.edu


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