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Management: Theoretical, Practical, or Conceptual?

Robinson, Laurie, Ross, Catharine ORCID: and Francis-Smythe, Jan (2010) Management: Theoretical, Practical, or Conceptual? In: British Academy of Management 2010 Conference, 14-16, September 2010, University of Sheffield. (Unpublished)

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Utilising a case study research strategy, qualitative data and inductive reasoning this research has investigated the appropriation of ideas, theories, concepts and models by management practitioners.

Data was collected through semi-structured interviews, which were modelled upon the critical incident technique, to examine whether management practitioners made direct, conscious and overt references to academic scholarship when addressing their organisational challenges. Subsequently the insights of ‘intertextuality’ and the framework analysis technique were utilised to examine whether the process of appropriation might be a much more sub-conscious, subtle or covert phenomenon.

It has been concluded (i) that management can be characterised as a conceptual discipline; (ii) that it is as least as conceptual, as it is either theoretical or practical and (iii) that at the heart of the management experience is the appropriation of ideas and concepts, rather than theories and models.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: management, theories, concepts, models
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Jan Francis-Smythe
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2010 11:14
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:24

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