“Economics is For Everyone” (I would add: The economy is for everyone.)

“‘Economics is for everyone’, argues legendary economist Ha-Joon Chang in our latest mind-blowing RSA Animate. This is the video economists don’t want you to see! Chang explains why every single person can and SHOULD get their head around basic economics. He pulls back the curtain on the often mystifying language of derivatives and quantitative easing, and explains how easily economic myths and assumptions become gospel. Arm yourself with some facts, and get involved in discussions about the fundamentals that underpin our day-to-day lives.”

See also here: https://www.thersa.org/action-and-research/rsa-projects/economy-enterprise-manufacturing-folder/citizens-economic-council). The book Chang refers to is this: Economics: The User’s Guide, Penguin, London, 2014.

(The post has also been published here: https://employmentrelations.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/economics-is-for-everyone-i-would-add-the-economy-is-for-everyone/

Textbooks for Critical Management and Organisation Teaching

In the following a small collection of textbooks. As they are all written in English language, I decided to provide an English summary as well:

Fiona Wilson (2013) Organizational Behaviour and Work: A Critical Introduction [Paperback], Oxford University Press (fourth edition)

This book is fairly easy to read and to comprehend. Fiona Wilson did a great job raising numerous aspects beyond the traditional Organisational Behaviour knowledge, such as the view from above (i.e. what managers actually do), the view from below (i.e. the meaning of work) in addition to the chapter on the rationality of management. The books pays particular attention to aspects around gender, age, race and ethnicity, all of them being neglected in more traditional management textbooks

David Knights & Hugh Willmott (2012) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management [Paperback], 2nd edition, Cengage Learning

A very comprehensive book that is particularly useful in case you have loads of time in your course. Different authors wrote the chapters. Some of the chapters may be difficult to understand.

Martin J. Corbett (1994) Critical Cases in Organisational Behaviour. Macmillan (reprinted 2003)

Some may argue that this is rather outdated stuff. No, it isn’t! The topics addressed in the cases are still up-to-date and I mean there must be reason why Macmillan decided for a reprint in 2003.

Suzette Dyer, Maria Humphries, Dale Fitzgibbons & Fiona Hurd (2014) Understanding Management Critically. A Student Text, Sage

The authors address topics such as organisational structures, work, politics and power, gender, race and leadership. In chapter 2 the authors provide an overview of influential thinkers and the critical discourse. Although, some may argue that this is done in a somewhat superficial way, I believe this chapter has the potential to introduce the students to the variety of thoughts present in critical management and organisation studies.