Creating New Knowledge in Management: Appropriating the Field’s Lost Foundations

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Stanford University Press, Dec 7, 2011 - Education - 264 pages
Creating New Knowledge in Management rediscovers lost sources in the work of Mary Parker Follett and Chester Barnard, providing a foundation for management as a unique and coherent discipline. This book begins by explaining that research universities, and the management field in particular, have splintered into smaller and less related parts. It then recovers a lost tradition of integrating management and the humanities, exploring ways of building on this convention to advance the unique art and science of business. By way of Follett and Barnard's work, author Ellen S. O'Connor demonstrates how the shared values, purposes, and customs of management and the humanities can be used to build an enterprise that will help to meet the challenges of business today. Igniting approaches to management that build on humanistic traditions is the ultimate goal of this book. Therefore, the text ends with two experiments—one in the classroom and one with a business executive—that take up this call and offer a perspective on where management must go next.
 

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INSTITUTIONAL FAULT LINES IN AND AROUND THE BUSINESS
RECOVERING THE LOST FOUNDATIONS OF A SCIENCE
Mary Parker Folletts Science of Reciprocal Relating and Creative
Chester Barnards Science of Responsible Experience
The Private Argument between Chester Barnard and Herbert
BUILDING ON FOLLETT AND BARNARD
Integrating the Knowledge Traditions and Building a Science
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Ellen S. O'Connor has studied the relationship between management and the humanities and has lectured in business schools in the U.S. and Europe for the past 30 years.

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