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.
Management learning is an area of both professional practice and theoretical inquiry, and has as a special concern the linking of these two domains in a way that advances both. Professional practice adds to management learning theory, and theoretical insights add to practitioners’ activities. What kinds of theory relate to practice, and what kinds of practice are open to theoretical insight?
Practice, at the end of the day, needs theories to shape it. Theory, on the other hand, is tested and developed through practice. These practical and academic pursuits, while different, can mutually support and contribute to each other. The normative theories of practitioners, and the observation of the consequences of implementing them, can contribute to the descriptive, interpretative and critical theories that are of ...