A Critical View
This book fills the gap for a text which presents a theoretically-based critique of management knowledge but in an accessible form which is relevant to MBA students and practitioners alike. Students have to learn and digest accepted 'management knowledge' and practitioners look to gurus as a source of 'management knowledge' without any appreciation of how secure these ideas may be.
This book will therefore be relevant to both students and practitioners in questioning how far management research actually leads to genuine knowledge of organizations.
PART ONE: THE IDEA OF MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE
What is Management?
Knowledge and Utility
Distortion and Bias
Cultural Relativity in Management Research
PART TWO: FOUR CHARACTERISTIC RESEARCH PARADIGMS
The Positive and the Real
Management Theory as Meaning
Research as Practice
PART THREE: THE COMPONENTS OF MANAGEMENT RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
Methodology as Mechanism
Knowledge and Action in Management Research
Evidence, Research and Learning
Management and Knowledge
PAUL GRISERI is a freelance management writer and teacher. He is also a part-time lecturer at University College London
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