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Responsibility and the local: the prospects for critical management in Turkey

Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar (Faculty of Business, İşletme Fakültesi, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, İzmir, Turkey)
Martin Parker (Industrial Relations and Organizational Behaviour, Warwick Business School, Warwick University, Coventry, UK)

critical perspectives on international business

ISSN: 1742-2043

Article publication date: 25 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to understand the possible role of critical accounts of management in a developing country like Turkey, when the origin of the dominant critical theories is the global North, particularly Europe.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses a broadly historical and institutional approach, as well as the local experiences of the first author.

Findings

On the basis of the discussion the authors suggest that current forms of critical management are unlikely to find a home in Turkey for various reasons, hence, they argue that there is a need for local knowledge production rather than importation.

Originality/value

This paper presents a view of what it means to be “critical” from the perspective of a developing country, and a consideration of the role of a critical scholar in a context in which local priorities might be more important than theoretical elaboration.

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Citation

Nadir Alakavuklar, O. and Parker, M. (2011), "Responsibility and the local: the prospects for critical management in Turkey", critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 326-342. https://doi.org/10.1108/17422041111180827

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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