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Is it all Just Melancholic Pedagogy? Accelerationism and the future of critical management education

Hietanen, Joel, Mohammed, Sideeq (2023) Is it all Just Melancholic Pedagogy? Accelerationism and the future of critical management education. Management Learning, . ISSN 1350-5076. E-ISSN 1461-7307. (doi:10.1177/13505076231180847) (KAR id:101395)


This essay is a personal reflection on the double-bind that we as Critical Management Studies (CMS) academics feel we face in our pedagogic practice. We want to bring about more ethical and responsible management through teaching our students critiques of the excesses of capitalism, but we are all too aware of capitalism’s extraordinary resilience as a mode of social, political, and economic organization. We know how its tendencies readily co-opt even the most ardent criticism into its own ever-mutating paradigm. We thus feel torn between wanting our students to think and act critically, and the fear that critique is simply a part of the process itself. Rather than calling for raising awareness, relationality, and the creation of difference, we present an accelerationist provocation. We invite CMS educators to struggle with us through upsetting considerations – that perhaps the most effective tactics for resistance might be to encourage and exacerbate capitalism’s excesses. We conclude with a note on melancholy pedagogy and the powers of hopelessness.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/13505076231180847
Uncontrolled keywords: Deleuze and Guattari, Accelerationism, Critical Management Studies, capitalism, management education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Sideeq Mohammed
Date Deposited: 25 May 2023 05:46 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2023 15:02 UTC
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