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Adoption rationales of new management practices

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  • Daniel, Elizabeth
  • Myers, Andrew
  • Dixon, Keith

This study considers that multiple and diverse rationales, including rational, emotional and socially conditioned responses can influence the adoption of management practices. The study includes four case studies in order to subject the adoption rationales that Sturdy (2004) posits to empirical inquiry and to explore the impacts of these differing rationales on characteristics of the subsequent adoption. The findings show that five of the six rationales Sturdy proposes are empirically identifiable. The findings also suggest that, subject to the exploratory nature of the study, earlier adoption of management practices is associated with political and psychodynamic rationales, consistent with notions of being seen to adopt new ways of working. The findings also suggest that the political and dramaturgical rationales are associated with more rapid adoption due to influential individuals or groups acting as champions. Whilst Sturdy proposes his rationales as a simple list, the findings of this study suggest a more complex relationship between the rationales. The study contributes to the growing body of literature that addresses the important topic of management practices, particularly those that provide an expository consideration.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Research.

Volume (Year): 65 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 371-380

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:65:y:2012:i:3:p:371-380
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2011.06.033
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