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The relevant past: why the history of management should be critical for our future

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posted on 30.07.2020 by Stephen Cummings, Todd Bridgman
When history is covered in business schools, its simplistic and evolutionary treatment goes largely unquestioned by instructors and students. To demonstrate, we show the representation of Max Weber in management texts to be dubious, a reflection of a peculiar perspective which is driven by a desire to justify the latest management ideas. However, by encouraging students to develop an ability to think critically about historical representations such as these, not only do we foster the benefits others have attributed to a greater historical awareness, we also encourage students to be more creative management thinkers for the future.

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Cummings, S. & Bridgman, T. (2011). The relevant past: why the history of management should be critical for our future. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 10(1), 77-93. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMLE.2011.59513274

Journal title

Academy of Management Learning & Education

Volume

10

Issue

1

Publication date

01/01/2011

Pagination

77-93

Publisher

Academy of Management

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

ISSN

1537-260X

Language

en

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