Management paradoxes

a relational view

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Abstract

Paradox is gaining more and more pervasiveness in and around organizations, thus increasing the need for an approach to management that allows both researchers and practitioners to address these paradoxes. We attempt to contribute to this project by suggesting a relational approach to paradoxes. To this aim, we first present the state of the art of research on management paradoxes and then explain four regularities surfaced in the literature on this topic. We conclude by arguing that taking these regularities as a whole allows us to suggest a new perspective on paradoxes - one with a positive regard for the co-presence of opposites but that takes seriously the potential relationship between these.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-503
Number of pages21
JournalHuman Relations
Volume55
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Management paradoxes : a relational view. / Clegg, Stewart R.; Vieira Da Cunha, Joao; Cunha, Miguel Pina.

In: Human Relations, Vol. 55, No. 5, 2002, p. 483-503.

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