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Paradigms in Management

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  • Matthias Huehn

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

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    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.

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    File URL: http://mgt.guc.edu.eg/wpapers/009huehn2008.pdf
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    Paper provided by The German University in Cairo, Faculty of Management Technology in its series Working Papers with number 9.

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    Length: 18 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:guc:wpaper:9

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    Keywords: Epistemology; paradigms in business; theory and practice; management; business science; sociology;

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