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Management Research
European Perspectives

Edited By

Sabina Siebert

ISBN 9781138721463
Published October 3, 2017 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Is there a distinctive approach to management research in Europe?

Sabina Siebert

1. Reflections on the Distinctiveness of European Management Scholarship

Robert Chia

2. In Search of a Soul of Relevance for European Management Research

Tor Hernes

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

Barbara Czarniawska

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

Andreas Rasche

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

Catherine Cassell

13. European Management and European Business Schools: Insights from the History of Business Schools

Andreas Kaplan

14. Turning a Disadvantage into a Resource: Working at the Periphery


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Sabina Siebert is a Professor of Management at the University of Glasgow, UK.