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Management as a science: emerging trends in economic and managerial theory

Horst Albach (Koblenz School of Corporate Management, Vallendar, Germany)
Brian Bloch (University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 May 2000



This paper considers the scientific development of business education on the basis of five criteria: if‐then statements, freedom from values, spatial and temporal validity, objectivity, and falsifiability. Methodologically, the emphasis is placed on emerging scientific and societal trends which influence scientific research and the paper is aimed primarily at academics. The paper also has an implicit politico‐scientific theme. Considering the multiplicity of approaches in management education, any attempt to take an overall perspective is likely to be controversial. Specific themes include the interdependence problem, uncertainty, dynamics, the development of various theoretical paradigms and trends such as globalisation and ecological consciousness. The context of analysis and discussion is predominantly that of German management theory and, in this sense, the paper provides a different perspective from that of other English‐language contributions in the area.



Albach, H. and Bloch, B. (2000), "Management as a science: emerging trends in economic and managerial theory", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 138-158.




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