Work, Wealth, and Postmodernism

The Intellectual Conflict at the Heart of Business Endeavour

  • Bradley Bowden

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
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    Pages 1-25
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-30
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      Pages 101-137
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-141
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  5. Part III

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      Pages 253-255
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 317-341

About this book


This work examines the rise of postmodernism in management scholarship and argues that the prevalence of postmodernist thought reflects a lack of understanding by management researchers of the core principles upon which Western business endeavour is based. The author highlights postmodernism’s methodological and conceptual failings, such as disbelief in material progress and economic advancement, and its denial of generalizable laws to direct management research. In its place, the author proposes a return to traditional modernist principles in management research, based on scientific evidence. This ground breaking, timely work will spark debate and challenge previously accepted claims of postmodernism, a nice retort to the anti-business/anti-capitalist literature now prevalent in academia.


postmodernism in management management research business research modernism management history management historiography management theory Rousseau Foucault Voltaire Nietzsche empirical research Derrida Adam Smith Keynes labor history Karl Popper

Authors and affiliations

  • Bradley Bowden
    • 1
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityBrisbane CityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76179-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76180-0
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