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Paradigms in Management

Matthias Huehn ()
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Matthias Huehn: Faculty of Management Technology, The German University in Cairo

No 9, Working Papers from The German University in Cairo, Faculty of Management Technology

Abstract: The paper laments the current confusion in business science with regard to its epistemology. Any scientific discipline needs a firm structural basis, otherwise research is unfocused and flawed. In business science not even the vocabulary is clear: terms like Management and Business Administration mean many things to different people. The paper suggests to replace Burrell and Morgan’s matrix of sociological paradigms with a new typology which is really able to guide research and practice alike. Management scholars have argued too long without any sense of direction and managers have as a result become reserved and somewhat cynical toward Management theory.

Keywords: Epistemology; paradigms in business; theory and practice; management; business science; sociology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B0 M0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2008-04
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