Purpose: The aim of this paper is to understand the possible role of critical accounts of management in a developing country like Turkey, when the origin of the dominant critical theories is the global North, particularly Europe. Design/methodology/approach: This study uses a broadly historical and institutional approach, as well as the local experiences of the first author. Findings: On the basis of the discussion the authors suggest that current forms of critical management are unlikely to find a home in Turkey for various reasons, hence, they argue that there is a need for local knowledge production rather than importation. Originality/value: This paper presents a view of what it means to be "critical" from the perspective of a developing country, and a consideration of the role of a critical scholar in a context in which local priorities might be more important than theoretical elaboration.
- Business schools
- Critical management studies