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On two-by-two grids: or, the arkeology of management thought

Cowton, Christopher J. (2001) On two-by-two grids: or, the arkeology of management thought. Reason in practice: the journal of philosophy of management, 2 (1). pp. 47-51. ISSN 1473-589X

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Two-by-two grids are a popular means of exposition of management thought. In this note such grids are identified with Carroll diagrams, developed by the Oxford mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson. Using this insight, the nature of the conceptual tool frequently used by management authors is reflected upon. Two-by-two grids are a clear means of exposition and can be a valuable vehicle for identifying hitherto neglected aspects of a management issue, but there is also a risk that, in their relatively parsimonious treatment of management topics, they fail to capture important features of practice. Two particular areas of risk are identified and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Schools: Huddersfield Business School
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2008 14:49
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2008 14:49


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