The Critical Management Studies Division is a forum within the Academy for the expression of views critical of unethical management practices and the exploitative social order. Our premise is that structural features of contemporary society, such as the profit imperative, patriarchy, racial inequality, and ecological irresponsibility often turn organizations into instruments of domination and exploitation. Driven by a shared desire to change this situation, we aim in our research, teaching, and practice to develop critical interpretations of management and society and to generate radical alternatives. Our critique seeks to connect the practical shortcomings in management and individual managers to the demands of a socially divisive and ecologically destructive system within which managers work. Please read our domain statement and CMS history in full.
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Academy members are entitled to join two divisions/interest groups
with their regular membership dues. You may add CMS as an Division when
you complete your membership renewal online or using your mailed
invoice. For any membership inquiries, including adding a division,
members may contact anyone in the Membership Department at headquarters,
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