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The adoption of management paradigms in Finnish management research 1937-2007


  • Seeck, Hannele
  • Laakso, Aino


Purpose – This paper aims to examine when and how the main management paradigms have emerged and prevailed in Finnish management research. It seeks to offer a country-specific case on the diffusion of management paradigms in the field of management research. Design/methodology/approach – This paper is a historical study that uses quantitative content analysis as a methodology. The data consist of research proposals funded by eight of the largest Finnish funding agencies during the period 1937-2007. The results obtained from these data are compared to the emergence and prevalence of the paradigms in Finnish academic management education, as depicted by course descriptions obtained from the study guides of eight main Finnish academic institutions that provide graduate level education in management. Findings – Management research and management education do not seem to follow the same patterns of adopting different management paradigms. Management paradigms seem to experience upswings in their patterns of use, on average a decade earlier in management research than in education. Originality/value – As the position of formal scientific management knowledge varies greatly across countries and historical periods, the study contributes to this line of research by giving a descriptive account of the paradigmatic development of management research schemes in Finland which can be compared and contrasted to the development of management research in other countries. The relevance of the study for management theory-building is in contemplating the relationships between the actors creating, diffusing and using managerial knowledge.

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  • Seeck, Hannele & Laakso, Aino, 2010. "The adoption of management paradigms in Finnish management research 1937-2007," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 49808, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:49808

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    1. Alvarez, José Luis & Mazza, Carmelo & Strandgaard Pedersen, Jesper, 2005. "The role of mass media in the consumption of management knowledge," Scandinavian Journal of Management, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 127-132, June.
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    4. Matthias Kipping, 1997. "Consultancies, Institutions and the Diffusion of Taylorism in Britain, Germany and France, 1920s to 1950s," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(4), pages 67-83.
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    Management paradigms; management history; organizations; metal industry; forest industry; Finland;

    JEL classification:

    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General


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