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Management Learning introduces the context and history of management learning and offers a critical framework within which the key debates can be understood. The book also provides an incisive discussion of the values and purpose inherent in the practice and theory of management learning, and charts the diverse external factors influencing and directing the processes of learning. The volume concludes with a look forward towards the future reconstruction of the field.

Research Traditions in Management Learning
Research traditions in management learning
MarkEasterby-Smith and RichardThorpe

The main aim of this chapter is to provide a review of the dominant research trends in management learning. This is done through examining examples of research that tackle different kinds of problems and topics within the field. As an initial organizer we have developed a matrix with two dimensions. These differentiate respectively between the educational and corporate sectors and between policy and operational concerns (Figure 2.1). The educational—corporate dimension provides a distinction according to the main location of management learning: whether it takes place within the ‘walls’ of educational establishments, or whether it takes place at, or under the control of, employer organizations. The term corporate is used to include any employing organization ...

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