E29: Designing Business Schools, by Herb Simon (Part 1)


Please join us for this very interesting conversation with the fascinating Denise Rousseau about Herbert Simon's JMS Classic - The Business School: A Problem in Organizational Design (1967). In this episode we touch upon the now pervasive issues of managerial education, the value of teaching administration, as well as the origins of how management became an institutionalized profession.

Also, learn about Herbert Simon as a person from anecdotes recounted by Denise, and hear what she has to say on these, and many other topics!

E28: Organizations as Rhetoric (Part 1)


For our sixth Journal of Management Studies Classic episode we discussed a set of articles by Professor Mats Alvesson on Organizations as Rhetoric. Focusing on the original work published in 1993, we were very pleased to welcome Mats himself as a guest on this episode!

In this paper, Mats made a series of critical claims to highlight ‘the politics and rhetoric of professions’, as opposed to an ‘essentialist’ view of organizations (Alvesson, 1993: 999). Central to his observations is a notion that although organizational knowledge is seen as key to to organizational performance, there is little grounding or relationship to external reality of such knowledge. 

So, if you're interested in critical management, epistemology or anything to do with identity construction, we highly recommend that you listen to what Mats has to say on these topics!

E27: Context and Action in the Transformation of the Firm (Part 2)


Join us for the second part of the conversation about Journal of Management Studies Classic article - 'Context and Action in the Transformation of the Firm' - with Andrew Pettigrew. In this part we go into more depth in discussing management, transformational leadership and the role and nature of context. Andrew is a wonderful guest with much to say so make sure to listen to this one!  

E27: Context and Action in the Transformation of the Firm (Part 1)


Join us for this episode as we sit down (literally this time!) with Professor Andrew Pettigrew to discuss his discipline-shaping work on context and action in organizations. There is so much in this work! Not only is the article we are discussing a product of a very long-term study conducted in ethnographic tradition, but it is also one of the key sparks that ignited the engine of organizational studies that is the process-based view! 

E25: Summary of Cognitive Communities (Porac et al 1989)

Summary of Episode 25 on a JMS Classic by Porac et al. (1989) 'Competitive Groups as Cognitive Communities'. This Episode featured the wonderful Prof Sarah Kaplan and discussed the importance of human interpretation in the strategy making process, as well as a number of other related issues. 

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