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The adoption of management paradigms in Finnish management research 1937-2007

Seeck, Hannele and Laakso, Aino (2010) The adoption of management paradigms in Finnish management research 1937-2007. Journal of Management History, 16 (2). pp. 174-194. ISSN 1751-1348

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Identification Number: 10.1108/17511341011030093


Purpose – This paper aims to examine when and how the main management paradigms have emerged and prevailed in Finnish management research. It seeks to offer a country-specific case on the diffusion of management paradigms in the field of management research. Design/methodology/approach – This paper is a historical study that uses quantitative content analysis as a methodology. The data consist of research proposals funded by eight of the largest Finnish funding agencies during the period 1937-2007. The results obtained from these data are compared to the emergence and prevalence of the paradigms in Finnish academic management education, as depicted by course descriptions obtained from the study guides of eight main Finnish academic institutions that provide graduate level education in management. Findings – Management research and management education do not seem to follow the same patterns of adopting different management paradigms. Management paradigms seem to experience upswings in their patterns of use, on average a decade earlier in management research than in education. Originality/value – As the position of formal scientific management knowledge varies greatly across countries and historical periods, the study contributes to this line of research by giving a descriptive account of the paradigmatic development of management research schemes in Finland which can be compared and contrasted to the development of management research in other countries. The relevance of the study for management theory-building is in contemplating the relationships between the actors creating, diffusing and using managerial knowledge.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 11:16
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 01:06

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