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On NGOs and Development Management: What Do Critical Management Studies Have to Offer?

Girei, E, Angeli, F and Kumar, A (2022) On NGOs and Development Management: What Do Critical Management Studies Have to Offer? In: Angeli, F, Metz, A and Raab, J, (eds.) Organizing for Sustainable Development Addressing the Grand Challenges. Routledge. ISBN 9780429243165

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This chapter outlines the rise and role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in global development. It focuses on how critical management studies (CMS) can help us problematize and think about development management. Drawing on CMS, we would advocate for relentless questioning of the scientific character and neutrality attributed to development management. The chapter explores how CMS can contribute to development management approaches, practices, and policies which are more suitable to support NGOs’ engagement with social change, equality and justice. Among others, we focus on three in particular: a sceptical attitude towards abstract universal management principles and approaches; de-naturalisation of development management imperatives, and consideration of how asymmetries of power shape NGOs management fads and fashions. Even as some scholars attribute many of the NGOs’ failings to their lack of managerial capacity/experience, others point to NGOs’ uncritical embracement of technocratic and managerial approaches.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business & Economics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Routledge
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2024 10:17
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2024 10:17
Editors: Angeli, F, Metz, A and Raab, J
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22311
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