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International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Online from: 1993

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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From the Frankfurt School to business schools: critical management studies in Turkey

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Title:From the Frankfurt School to business schools: critical management studies in Turkey
Author(s):Kerim Ozcan, (Department of Management, Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey)
Citation:Kerim Ozcan, (2012) "From the Frankfurt School to business schools: critical management studies in Turkey", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 20 Iss: 1, pp.107 - 123
Keywords:Americanization, Business schools, Critical management studies, Curricula, Orthodox management, Turkey, Universities
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/19348831211215696 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – Critical management studies (CMS), as an unorthodox management perspective, has become more and more accepted in Western business schools. The purpose of this paper is to problematize its circulation area and interrogate to what extent CMS has penetrated Turkish academia.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews papers presented and published in The National Management/Organization Conference which has been held annually for the last 19 years. In addition, the paper examines the management programs of the top 20 Turkish universities' business schools, in terms of whether their curricula include any critical content.

Findings – It is suggested that CMS has not found resonance in Turkey. This case is argued on a set of dynamics as follows: the Americanization process in knowledge producing, economic integration into American vision, late industrialization, bureaucratic political tradition, statism, and some cultural characteristics.

Originality/value – Studies employing critical management arguments and those on the dissemination of critical theory in Turkey seem to be quite silent. This paper questions CMS's place in Turkish management literature, explains the dynamics of its (under)development, and suggests ways in which CMS could be become more attractive in this part of the world.

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