New Foundations of Management Research

ISBN9782911256912 EditeurPresses MINES ParisTech pages248 Parution2013-01-31
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Management research has now been developed worldwide in a variety of teaching and research institutions. But what is its purpose? Is management science a social science or an engineering science? Could it be new basic field? How can management models be considered as models of collective action, beyond the frontiers of the world of business? What is a managerial situation? What is involved in inventing, testing, implementing a management theory?

This book is the translation of a French book about the foundations of management research and science. When first published in 2001, it was well received and generated unexpected interest from the French Management community. And likewise when it was reprinted in 2008. Few books in the recent history of French management thinking have had a similar impact. The event was hardly predictable, as the book aimed at critically rethinking the nature and epistemology of the field, claiming that management should be seen neither as applied economics, nor as applied social science but as a basic science in itself. The contributions in this book refer to the foundations of management and include the most recent epistemological and institutional debates: the theory of collective action, the institutions of management, the relation between decision and action, management as modern rhetoric, the place of intervention in the practical and theoretical invention of management; they compose a renewed conceptual framework for management research.

This book has been written for management researchers and PhD students. But more than management books that promise success, this book will take managers and consultants back to the essence of their role: designing and implementing efficient systems of collective action.
Albert David est professeur de management l'Université Paris-Dauphine. Il co-dirige le master « Management de la Technologie et de l'Innovation ». Il enseigne en management de l'innovation, théorie des organisations, management et comportement organisationnel, méthodes et modèles de gestion et de décision. Il est chercheur à DRM (Dauphine Recherches en Management), dont il dirige l'une des équipes : M-Lab. Il est associé à la direction de l'IMRI (Institut pour le Management de la Recherche et de l'Innovation). Il est directeur de la publication et co-rédacteur en chef de la revue Finance, Contrôle, Stratégie (FCS). Ses publications portent sur la décision et le changement, l'innovation en management et l'épistémologie de la recherche en sciences de gestion.

Full Professor (since 1995), "Classe exceptionnelle" (since 2007) at MinesParisTech
- Deputy-director of the Centre de Gestion Scientifique (Center for Management Science)
Head of the doctoral school in Management Science (1996-2008)
Founder and head Professor of the Engineering Design and management Curricula (Option) (1994-2008)
Permanent Guest Professor at the Fenix Center for Innovations in Knowledge and Management, Chalmers Institute, Gteborg (Sweden).
Coordinator of the Chair "Design Theory and Methods for Innovation" at Mines ParisTech (since 2009)
Co-chairman of the SIG Design Theory of the International Design Society (since 2008

Romain Laufer est professeur émerite de Marketing, HEC Paris.