The epistemological and methodological issues within management sciences constitute a difficult area for theoretical reflection. The main goal of this book is to deepen epistemological and methodological reflection concerned with the foundations of organization and management in order to broaden the methodological awareness of researchers from the field of management sciences. This book does not describe paradigm change; it points out possible evolutional directions for management reflection. The key matter is to convince of the uncertainty and of the contextual nature of the knowledge obtained through management.
Lukasz Sulkowski is Professor of Economics at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Poland), at Clark University (USA) and at the University of Social Sciences in Lodz (Poland). He has published numerous books and articles on cognitive and methodological problems of management and marketing, on the management of family enterprises, on organizational culture and human capital and management in the medical sector. He participated in several international research projects funded by the EU, the National Science Centre, the Committee for Scientific Research and the Ministry of Science.
Contents: The Meaning of Management - Epistemology of Organization and Management - Management Science in a Family of Sciences - Axiology and Ethos in Management Science - The Identity of Organization Researchers - Epistemic Ideals of Management - Multi-paradigmatic Approach in Management - Cognitive Problems of Modern Management - Interpretative Approach in Management - Interpretative Understanding of Organizational Strategy, Structure and Culture - Epistemological Foundations of Critical Management Studies - Methodological Eclecticism in Management.