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date: 07 August 2020

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This essay draws on social theory and philosophy of science to outline controversies about EBMgt as a critical movement versus a one-sided ideological project marginalizing nonmainstream research. Discussed issues include the authority to define evidence, research topics, methods, and evaluation criteria for managerial decisions. A critical and self-reflexive perspective is suggested to enhance awareness of ideological and epistemological constraints that could turn EBMgt into a reloaded version of scientific management.

Keywords: critical management, positivism, ideology, managerial authority, managerial accountability, scientific management, Taylorism, exploitive conditions

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