Englishization and the Politics of Knowledge Production in Management Studies

Mehdi Boussebaa, Janne Tienari*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Management Inquiry
Number of pages9
ISSN1056-4926
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06.03.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • management education
  • organization theory
  • power and politics

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