Englishization and the politics of knowledge production in management studies

Boussebaa, M. and Tienari, J. (2019) Englishization and the politics of knowledge production in management studies. Journal of Management Inquiry, (doi:10.1177/1056492619835314) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Concerns have been voiced in recent years about the widespread use of U.S.-dominated journal rankings in business schools. Such practice is seen to have the effect of spreading globally a U.S.-style scholarly monoculture and reconstituting other forms of scholarship as marginal and inferior. In this essay, we explore the ways in which the English language is implicated in these processes. Drawing on language-sensitive studies of academic work and our own experiences as nonnative speakers of English, we argue that the use of U.S.-dominated rankings is not just hierarchizing and homogenizing the global field of management but also contributing to its Englishization. This, we contend, furthers the homogenization of the field while also producing significant language-based inequalities and inducing demanding quasi-colonial forms of identity work by those being Englishized.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boussebaa, Professor Mehdi
Authors: Boussebaa, M., and Tienari, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of Management Inquiry
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1056-4926
ISSN (Online):1552-6542
Published Online:06 March 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Management Inquiry 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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