Handbook of Research on Management Ideas and Panaceas
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Handbook of Research on Management Ideas and Panaceas

Adaptation and Context

  • Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Anders Örtenblad

Over time management ideas and panaceas have been presented alternately as quick fix cures for all corporate ills and the emperor’s new clothes, beset by flaws and problems. This Handbook provides a different approach, suggesting that management ideas and panaceas should not be either adopted or rejected outright, but gives guidance in the art of assessing and applying management ideas and panaceas to various situations and contexts.
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Chapter 11: Researcher intervention in the process of contextualizing fashionable management ideas: some previous experiences

Anders Örtenblad

Abstract

This chapter draws conclusions from the author’s previous as well as ongoing work in which either the relevance of a certain management idea/panacea for organizations in different generalized contexts are tested, or where the relevance of various management ideas and panaceas for organizations in one particular generalized context is tested. Thus, the chapter reports from three edited books in which the relevance of the idea of the learning organization, knowledge management and corporate social responsibility (respectively) for organizations in various generalized contexts is tested (all three books are edited by the chapter author, published by Edward Elgar Publishing), one book in which the relevance of various management ideas and panaceas for healthcare organizations is tested (co-edited by the chapter author, published by Routledge), and one article in which the relevance of the idea of the learning organization for higher educational institutions is tested (co-authored by the chapter author, published in the International Journal of Educational Management). The chapter discusses how such research/book projects should be staffed, suggests how researchers wisely can test the relevance of any certain management idea or panacea for any particular organization or organizations in any generalized context, and outlines how any particular management idea or panacea could be adapted to fit any organization or organizations in any generalized context along with how such adaptation could be illustrated.

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