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This volume brings together some of the best writing published in the journal Management Learning since its re-launch under this title in 1994. The selection very much reflects the mission of the journal to act as a showcase for innovative, international and interdisciplinary work which covers a wide gamut of issues connected to management, organizations, learning and knowledge. The field of management learning, widely drawn in this way, brings together some of the key preoccupations within several areas of management, organization studies and social science more generally. Learning and knowledge have become central themes within thee areas for several reasons, both practical and theoretical. These include the way that organizational learning is seen as a key source of competitive advantage, and the wider analysis that ...

Motivation: That's Maslow, isn't it?
Motivation: That's maslow, isn't it?
Tony J.Watson

The words ‘Motivation: that's Maslow, isn't it?’ were actually used during the course of the research project which is reported here. This utterance captures the essence of the issue which is being investigated: the tendency in education for ‘management knowledge’ to become a series of packages of formalized information, often seen as the creation of a particular expert with a slightly unusual yet memorable name and having little clear connection to the everyday managerial practice of those who are studying it. We might well in our management teaching experiences all have been asked questions such as: ‘Strategy: that's Porter, isn't it?’, ‘Culture: that's Schein, isn't it?’ or even ‘Management: that's Drucker, isn't it?’

The intention is ...

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