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[International Book Release] New Foundations of Management Research, by by Romain Laufer, Albert David, and Armand Hatchuel

31 January 2013

New Foundations of Management Research. Elements of Epistemology for the Management Sciences , by by Romain Laufer, Albert David, and Armand Hatchuel, Presses des Mines.

Management research has now been developed worldwide in a variety of teaching and research institutions. But what is its purpose of Management? Is management science a social science or an engineering science? Could it be new basic field? How can management models be considered as models of collective action, beyond the frontiers of the world of business? What is a managerial situation? What is involved in inventing, testing, implementing a management theory? 

First published in French as “Les Nouvelles Fondations des Sciences de Gestion“, the book aims at critically rethinking the nature and epistemology of the field, claiming that management should be seen neither as applied economics, nor as applied social science but as a basic science in itself.
Taking into account the background of globalization, the need for change and the demand for innovation, the three professors Romain Laufer, professor emeritus at HEC Paris, Albert David, and Armand Hatchuel denounce the crisis as also a product of limited management doctrines.
The contributions in this book refer to the foundations of management and include the most recent epistemological and institutional debates: the theory of collective action, the institutions of management, the relation between decision and action, management as modern rhetoric, the place of intervention in the practical and theoretical invention of management; they compose a renewed conceptual framework for management research.
This book has been written for management researchers and PhD students. But more than management books that promise success, this book will take managers and consultants back to the essence of their role: designing and implementing efficient systems of collective action.
Read extracts from the book

About the authors

Romain Laufer is professor emeritus of Marketing, HEC Paris
Albert David is professor of Innovation Management, Paris-Dauphine University
Armand Hatchuel is professor of Management and Design, MINES Paris Tech

About HEC Paris

Specialized in education and research in management, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow: Masters Programs, MBA, PhD, HEC Executive MBA and TRIUM Global Executive MBA. Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and founding member of ParisTech, HEC Paris has a permanent faculty of 110 professors, more than 4,000 students and over 8,500 managers and executives in training every year.

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