Managing international development: (re)positioning critique in the post-2008 conjuncture

Frenzel, Fabian, Case, Peter, Kumar, Arun, and Sedgewick, Mitchell W. (2018) Managing international development: (re)positioning critique in the post-2008 conjuncture. Ephemera, 18 (3). pp. 577-604.

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Despite earlier neglect, International Development (ID) has begun to receive some attention from the Critical Management Studies (CMS) community over the last two decades. This paper reviews existing CMS work that engages with ID and outlines directions for future research. Building on extant research and scholarship that has focussed on linkages between managerialism and ID, we identify and discuss in some depth three emerging areas within ID – financialization, evaluation and projectification–that, we argue, merit further critical scrutiny from CMS scholars. We call for a programme of theoretical and grounded empirical research into these three areas in the hope of reinvigorating CMS’ engagement with ID; a programme that would seek to expose the fallacy of the universalizing managerialism that increasingly informs ID projects and organizational practices. In operationalizing this research programme, we draw attention to problems of positionality, drawing on methodological and epistemological debates in Anthropology to inform our argument. We thus highlight the need for grounding CMS research practices in reflective trans-disciplinarity.

Item ID: 55862
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1473-2866
Keywords: International development, financialization, evaluation, projectification, positionality, reflexivity
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2019 02:01
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350709 Organisation and management theory @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services @ 100%
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