Adaptation and Context
Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 26: Towards a normative theory of contextualizing management ideas and panaceas
AbstractThis chapter is the final and concluding chapter of the book. It starts off by suggesting that there is reason to distinguish between two variants of universality of management ideas and panaceas: absolute and contingent (or inspirational) universality. Then the main conclusion of the book is outlined; for wiser relevance-testing and adaptation of management ideas and panaceas for individual organizations or organizations in generalized contexts, there is a need for (1) diversity; (2) critical examination; and (3) transparency. The roles that researchers, organizational actors and higher education can play in accomplishing wiser relevance-testing and adaptation are also discussed. In the final section of the chapter, a few areas where there is a need for further research are suggested: there is need for (a) action research on relevance-testing and adaptation of management ideas and panaceas; (b) research on the roles of other groups of actors – such as consultants – in reaching wiser relevance-testing and adaptation; and (c) a nomenclature for the many concepts that are used in this research area and a more precise definition of the object in study (that is, ‘management ideas and panaceas’, especially as there a need for a more appropriate definition of ‘management idea’).
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