Management Research: European Perspectives brings together experts in the field to take stock of European management research and reflect on its distinctiveness. Building on a successful series of papers published in the European Management Journal, this book contains international contributions providing a range of scholarly perspectives on the reality of European management research.
The state of management scholarship has recently been a topic of great interest, focusing on such matters as the role of universities versus businesses in shaping research agendas, the so-called ‘rigour–relevance’ debate, the use of measurements in quality assessment of research outputs, the role of journal rankings, and the merits of the journal review system. Missing, however, is any discussion of what, if anything, constitutes a European approach to management research, how does it differ from other styles used in the rest of the world and why is there a need for such distinctiveness?
It has been noted that European management scholars have a lower success rate for publishing theoretical papers than their North American counterparts, which is surprising given that Europe has been the cradle of many generative intellectual traditions. European scholars may be the heirs to those traditions, but they are sometimes criticised for failing to channel this legacy into authoritative theoretical contributions in elite US-based management journals. This book provides insightful contributions to the debate and offers critical reflections on what European-based scholars have to offer the study of management.
Introduction: Is there a distinctive approach to management research in Europe?
1. Reflections on the Distinctiveness of European Management Scholarship
2. In Search of a Soul of Relevance for European Management Research
3. Craft, Magic and the Re-enchantment of the World
Roy Suddaby, Max Ganzin and Alison Minkus
4. Bruno Latour and Niklas Luhmann as Organization Theorists
5. Art, Philosophy, and Business: Turns to Speculative Realism in European Management Scholarship
Pierre Guillet de Monthoux
6. The Strategy Cycle: Planning, Paradox and Poetry in the Practice of Strategists
Donald MacLean and Robert MacIntosh
7. Resurrecting Organization by Going Beyond Organizations
Göran Ahrne, Nils Brunsson and David Seidl
8. Corporate Democratic Nation-building: Reflections on the Constructive Role of Businesses in Fostering Global Democracy
Thomas Boysen Anker
9. Studying Vicious Circles to Learn about Reforms
Miguel Pina e Cunha and Haridimos Tsoukas
10. The Corporation as a Political Actor – European and North American Perspectives
11. Professions and organizations: A European perspective
Mike Saks and David M. Brock
12. European Qualitative Research: A Celebration of Diversity and a Cautionary Tale
13. European Management and European Business Schools: Insights from the History of Business Schools
14. Turning a Disadvantage into a Resource: Working at the Periphery
Tammar B. Zilber