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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 190
Lead Author: Mendes, Pedro
Abstract: Organizational Science (OS) shares problems and concerns with the wider class of SBE Sciences. Chief among those is that few research findings published in academic journals end up applied in practice. In contrast, fast moving engineering or medical research that shows up in scientific journals is eagerly absorbed by commercial R&D practitioners. Managers too feel compelled to solve problems in a harsh, competitive environment. Unfortunately, social sciences aim at studying problems, not solving them. Lacking a sound OS Body of Knowledge, managers jump from one fad to another. Researchers build statistics-based models to describe past behaviors. Instead, managers need research models that deal with future, expectable or intended behaviors. A science maturity framework helps put this need in perspective and provides guidelines for future education. Doing business transformation by design, not by trial-and-error, requires more accurate technical terminology, an enlarged range of modeling research tools (including, say, System Dynamics), and improved schematic communication standards (with, say, UML). Management is an applied, experimental activity. OS research is not experimental...yet. It is managers, not researchers, who take risks when applying research findings. Managers dont learn experimental methods at school. But they might. Simulation-based laboratories are an example.
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