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On the cultural locus of management theory industry: perspectives from autocommunication
Finnish Competition Authority, Finland.
University of Turku, Finland.
2009 (English)In: Management & Organizational History, ISSN 1744-9359, E-ISSN 1744-9367, Vol. 4, no 4, p. 427-443Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last century, a whole new ’industry’ legitimized its locus as more books and articles in more and more magazines and journals offered more ’new’ concepts and frameworks for the efficient running of organizations. In the article it is suggested that this management theory industry serves a wider cultural call. According to the interpretation presented, the management theory industry feeding the management wisdom of the efficient running of organizations is serving an internal, therapeutic, mission. In this sense, the thousands of studies and writings on the management and efficient running of organizations can be seen as communication not only to others but also to oneself. It is thus suggested that the idea of autocommunication, introduced by the Soviet semiotic Yuri M. Lotman, can be applied when trying to understand why the management theory industry gains its legitimacy again and again even though the promised fundamental changes and reforms of actual working life have remained modest. © 2009 SAGE (Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore).

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Taylor & Francis, 2009. Vol. 4, no 4, p. 427-443
Keyword [en]
autocommunication, discourse, management history, organization theory, theory industry
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68756DOI: 10.1177/1744935909342324Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70350633126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68756DiVA: diva2:1157287
Available from: 2017-11-15 Created: 2017-11-15 Last updated: 2017-11-15Bibliographically approved

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