Koskela, Lauri (2011) Fifty years of irrelevance : the wild goose chase of management science. In: 19th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2011 (IGLC). Curran Associates, pp. 85-96. ISBN 9781622768233

Modern management science has existed since 1959 when two reports (by Pierson
and Gordon & Howell) on the future of business education were published in the US.
At least since 1980, there has been a practically continuous, but somewhat fragmented
discussion on the relevance of management research. Although many different
proposals have been made to rectify the situation, the mainstream of management
research seems to be relatively untroubled and unaffected by this widely sensed
irrelevance. The paper aims at initial understanding of the reasons for this spectacular
failure of (general) management research to reach relevant results in the period of
1960-2010. Two related questions are considered in more detail. How was the social
science turn of management science in 1959 justified and achieved? Which
correctives have been proposed for management research, up to now?

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