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The Work of ManagersTowards a Practice Theory of Management$
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Stefan Tengblad

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.001.0001

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Conclusions and the way forward: Towards a practice theory of management

Conclusions and the way forward: Towards a practice theory of management

(p.337) 18 Conclusions and the way forward: Towards a practice theory of management
The Work of Managers

Stefan Tengblad

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the editor summarizes the theoretical themes presented in the book’s chapters and offers advice to future researchers, management educators, and managers. The unifying idea in the book is that the study of management practices, based on actual managerial experience acquired in empirical investigations, may be more useful for practicing managers than the theoretical models more commonly taught in business schools. The reason is that theoretical and rationalistic models often are not well suited to dealing with the complexity, uncertainty, and relentless pace of work typically associated with management. The alternative practice-based theoretical framework is summarized in ten theses in the chapter.

Keywords:   management practices, management experiences, theoretical models, complexity, uncertainty, pace of work

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