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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 ...

Managers and Research: The Pros and Cons of Qualitative Approaches
Managers and research: The pros and cons of qualitative approaches
DeniseSkinner, ClareTagg and JackyHolloway
Introduction

As academics based in three different institutions, teaching, researching and consulting in the field of management, we talk to hundreds of managers each year and read numerous reports that they have produced. Our collective observations and experience suggest that, while management researchers increasingly make use of qualitative techniques for eliciting and analysing data, practising managers (in Britain at least) tend to restrict themselves to quantitative approaches. Many managers undertake ‘research’ in the course of their work: in planning, problem solving, market research and decision-support, for example, they have to gather information in order to decide upon a course of action. The outcome of ...

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