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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 ...

Learning Through Complexity
Learning through complexity
SteveMcKenna

Over the last 15 years or so it has become common currency that the days of the middle manager are numbered as organizations downsize, retrench, restructure, de-specialize and become process driven. In this context, middle management redundancy has indeed increased and what is expected of those who remain has changed when compared with the previously unidimensional and hierarchical model of such managers (Peters and Waterman, 1982; Peters, 1987, 1992). Despite this, middle managers remain vital to many organizations while an ongoing debate about their role in global corporations and smaller organizations continues as we head towards the 21st century. These issues are captured in the ongoing debate about management itself (Boyatsis, 1982; Dopson and Stewart, 1991; Earl, 1983; Hales, 1986; ...

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