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Philosophy of Management

Volume 5, Issue 1, 2005

Real Worlds

Miriam Green
Pages 85-96

Are Management Texts Produced by Authors or by Readers? Representations of a Contingency Theory

This paper addresses representations of Burns and Stalker’s theory that arose soon after its publication in The Management of Innovation in 1961. Different conceptions of Burns and Stalker’s contingency theory as portrayed in organisation and management texts are discussed. It will be argued that what has been represented as their theory stems in the main from ideas based on different positions within the spectrum of the positivistic, functionalist ‘paradigm’.

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