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Chapter 1 The Nature of Research

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-51-7-2770

ISBN: PBK

Published: September 2015

Component type: chapter

Published in: Research Methods for Business and Management 2nd edn

Parent DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-51-7-2735

Abstract

Whilst it is true that we have been organizing and managing in social groups since our earliest days as hunter-gatherers, the formal study of management only emerged at the start of the last century. This chapter examines the nature of management research, contrasting the view that the purpose of management research is to influence the practice of managers with the view that management is simply an interesting social phenomenon. These views are connected to two views of knowledge production, known as mode 1 and mode 2 research. The paper then concludes with advice on how to assess the quality of management research.

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MacIntosh & Caldwell, 2015

MacIntosh, R. & Caldwell, N. (2015) "Chapter 1 The Nature of Research" In: O'Gorman, K.D. & MacIntosh, R. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-910158-51-7-2770

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