- 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 surveys methodologies employed in the study of management ideas. It emphasizes the field’s rich variety of data collection, measurement, and inferential strategies. To map this landscape, the authors group studies by the number of cases they examine, from large N event history analyses based on archival data to ethnographies of a single organization. They give particular attention to bibliometrics and discourse analysis because these methods grapple with the interpretive and communicative processes that are central to management ideas and because techniques for capturing and analysing text are currently being revolutionized across the social sciences.
David Strang is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. His research has focused on the spread of practices in the business, political, and scientific worlds. He has developed statistical methods for the study of diffusion within an event history framework and agent-based models for the simulation of booms and busts in managerial fashion. Strang is author of Learning by Example: Imitation and Innovation at a Global Bank (Princeton, 2010) and has published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Journal of Sociology, and Organization Studies. He has held visiting appointments at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, INSEAD, Oxford, the University of Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv University, and received a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford.
Christian Wittrock is Researcher, the Work Research Institute, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
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