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Dissemination of management into politics: Michael Porter and the political uses of management consulting

Kantola, Anu and Seeck, Hannele (2011) Dissemination of management into politics: Michael Porter and the political uses of management consulting. Management Learning, 42 (1). pp. 25-47. ISSN 1350-5076

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1350507610382489

Abstract

The article contributes to the literature on management dissemination by looking at how management fashions are diffused into and circulated in politics. The ideas of management have been increasingly disseminated into the realm of politics during recent decades. To illustrate how this takes place, this article examines the spread of Michael Porter’s ideas on national politics. Porter’s work is considered a management fashion that has been skilfully packaged; a new form of the 20th-century tradition of state-led social engineering which takes the form of management fashion-style packaging. For this he is seen as a global guru in national politics, and this development is regarded as a new form of consultocracy in the realm of democracies. In consultocracy, the ideas of management consulting are often adopted into politics as a common justifying rationality of power for the political elites. Thus we call for further research on the underlying dynamics of the power involved as management fashions are disseminated into the realm of politics.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://mlq.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 10:02
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 02:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49805

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