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 21: Empowering students to translate management panaceas

Anders Örtenblad, Peter Lamb and Shih-wei Hsu


In this chapter, it is suggested that the act of relevance-testing and adapting management ideas and panaceas to better fit organizations in certain contexts should not only be something that researchers are capable of performing. Students should learn how to wisely conduct these processes by themselves, rather than to having to trust that researchers do it for them. The aim of the chapter is to outline a guide for how relevance-testing and adaptation of any particular management idea or panacea for any particular organization or organizations in any generalized context can be taught at higher educational universities.

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