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Management lore continues alive and well in the organizational sciences

M. Ronald Buckley (Division of Management, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
John E. Baur (Division of Management, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
Jay H. Hardy, III (Department of Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
James F. Johnson (Department of Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
Genevieve Johnson (Department of Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
Alexandra E. MacDougall (Department of Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
Christopher G. Banford (Division of Management, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
Zhanna Bagdasarov (Department of Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
David R. Peterson (Department of Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)
Juandre Peacock (Department of Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA)

Journal of Management History

ISSN: 1751-1348

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper was to identify examples of management lore currently in the organizational sciences.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors deliberated and developed a series of examples of management lore in the organizational sciences and surveyed management practitioners concerning their beliefs in the lore hypothesized.

Findings

Pervasive beliefs that conflict with academic research exist in management practices. Although many of these ideas are commonly accepted as immutable facts, they may be based upon faulty logic, insufficient understanding of academic research, anecdotal evidence and an overdependence upon common sense. Buckley and Eder (1988) called these as examples of management lore. In this conceptual paper, we identify and discuss 12 examples of management lore that persist in day-to-day management practices. Topics we explore include personality, emotional intelligence, teams, compensation, goals, performance, work ethic, creativity and organizational citizenship behaviors.

Originality/value

A number of areas in which academic research gainsays what we believe to be an immutable fact.

Keywords

Citation

Buckley, M.R., Baur, J.E., Hardy, III, J.H., Johnson, J.F., Johnson, G., MacDougall, A.E., Banford, C.G., Bagdasarov, Z., Peterson, D.R. and Peacock, J. (2015), "Management lore continues alive and well in the organizational sciences", Journal of Management History, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 68-97. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-05-2013-0027

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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