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Paradigms in Management

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  • Matthias Huehn

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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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  • Matthias Huehn, 2008. "Paradigms in Management," Working Papers 9, The German University in Cairo, Faculty of Management Technology.
  • Handle: RePEc:guc:wpaper:9
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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • M0 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General
    • B0 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General

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