- Copyright Page
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Researching Management Ideas
- The System of Management Ideas: origins, micro-foundations, and dynamics
- The Lifecycle of Management Ideas: innovation, diffusion, institutionalization, dormancy, and rebirth
- The Philosophy of Management Ideas
- Methods for the Study of Management Ideas
- Management Techniques
- Instrumental Understanding of Management Ideas
- Thought Leaders and Followers: the impact of consultants and advisers on management ideas
- Business Studies and Management Ideas
- Multinational and Transnational Organizations: the role of globalizing actors
- Business Media: from gatekeeping to transmediality
- Management’s Gurus
- The Consumers and Co-Producers of Management Ideas
- The Re-Adoption of Management Ideas: how they come, how they go, and why some come back
- The Persistence of Management Ideas: how framing keeps ‘Lean’ moving
- Evolving Management Ideas
- Popular Management Ideas
- Professional Structures and Practice Change: institutionalization processesin accounting and strategy
- Management Ideas as Standards
- Understanding and Analysing Resistance to Management Ideas
- Performance Implications of Management Ideas
- The (Geo-)Politics of Management Ideas: three moments in the trajectory of an instrument of power
- Management Ideas and the Social Construction of Organizations
- The Role of Family Firms in Corporate Sustainability
- Managing Public Service Professionals Under New Public Management
- Management Ideas in Everyday Life
- Changing the Critique: from critical management studies to activist scholarship
- Alternatives to Management Ideas
- New Directions for Research on Management Ideas
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter reviews research on management techniques—formal procedures for carrying out a management task. It identifies three main streams of research—a functionalist stream, viewing management techniques as best practices; an institutionalist stream, where management techniques are symbols of rationality; and an emerging practice-based stream, focusing on how management techniques come to be used in, and influence, managerial work. This line of research investigates management techniques as affordances to agents in organizations, and it is through this interaction with organizational agency that management techniques shape organizational processes (e.g. strategizing and consulting) and individual managers (e.g. uncertainty reduction). In this view, management techniques are found to play important roles in facilitating communication and knowledge creation in organizations, creating confidence and motivation for action, and reducing uncertainty for individual actors.
Andreas Werr is Professor of Management and Director of the Center for HRM and Knowledge Work at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), Sweden.
Peter Walgenbach is Professor of Organization, Leadership, and Human Resource Management at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany.
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