HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Examining Management History through the Lens of Critical Biography

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2014

Publication Title

International Journal of Management & Information Systems

ISSN or ISBN

1546-5748

Volume

18

Issue

3

First Page

161

Last Page

166

Description

This paper builds a case for using the qualitative methodology of critical biography to illuminate the life, times, and contributions of pioneers in the field of management history. First the importance of management history is discussed and the critical biography methodology is described. Then, the methodology is applied to management history through examining several articles using the methodology including articles about Mary Parker Follett and Rhona Rapaport. Pros and cons of using the methodology are discussed including approachability and high interest level as pros and necessity to make inferences and the close interplay between researcher and research as cons. Implications for future research are presented.

DOI

10.19030/ijmis.v18i3.8708

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