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John Kay

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292227

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292228.001.0001

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Can There Be a Science of Business?

Can There Be a Science of Business?

(p.26) 5 Can There Be a Science of Business?
The Business of Economics

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This chapter is concerned with whether there can be such a thing as a science of management. It explains some of the issues involved in turning management from a subject based on the assertions of gurus to one that reproduces the structure of concepts, hypothesis, and empirical tests, which is characteristic of natural sciences. The second part of the chapter provides evidence of how management theories that do not follow this structure are misleading.

Keywords:   management science, management theory, natural sciences, Michael Porter, Sainsbury's

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