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

Adaptation and Context

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 12: A stakeholder approach to advising on the relevance of management ideas and panaceas

Anders Örtenblad, Shih-wei Hsu and Peter Lamb


This chapter discusses the importance of values when testing the relevance of and adapting management and panaceas for certain organizations or organizations in generalized contexts. It is suggested that when testing the relevance and adapting management and panaceas, not only should the context be taken into account but so should the stakeholder perspective. Three such stakeholder perspectives are suggested: the employer perspective, the employee perspective and the societal perspective, each with a certain interest (ideal-typically speaking): profit maximization/ efficiency/ profitability (employer perspective); well-being (employee perspective); and welfare (societal perspective). It is argued that any study of the relevance of any particular management idea or panacea for any particular organization or organizations in a generalized context should, at the least, state which perspective is taken, and ideally use more than one perspective in order to offer a more nuanced analysis of the relevance than many previous studies have done. These suggestions are illustrated through a multi-stakeholder based analysis of the idea of the learning organization.

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