The triumph of nonsense in management studies

Tourish, Dennis (2020) The triumph of nonsense in management studies. Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE), 19 (1). pp. 99-109. ISSN 1537-260X

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Abstract

More management scholars than ever are expressing concern about the state of our field. Complaints include the suggestion that many publications are written purely to further our careers rather than to advance knowledge. Our discipline is in crisis. We neglect really important issues in favor of bite-sized chunks of research that are more likely to find quick publication in leading journals. Given that such journals insist on the primacy of theory development, we also increasingly resort to pretentious and long-winded prose to at least create the illusion of “theory development.” The result is writing that can only be understood by those already on the inside of the debates it references. As opposed to “imposter syndrome,” in which qualified people doubt their suitability for a given job, I suggest that many of us have become “genuine imposters” in that we pretend to be doing more important work, and more competently, than we really are. Finally, I propose changes in our mind-sets and journal practices to restore some sense of deeper purpose to what we do.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 08:51
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 09:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88078

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