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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 212
Title: The Management and Organization Science Puzzle: Questions from a Metaphorical Comparison of Medicine and Management
Lead Author: Cavarretta, Fabrice L.
Abstract: Management and Organizational Science (MOS) has moved rapidly from an initial focus purely on practice to a current state where it relies on a pure science model. A key issue for such a young field is whether it is appropriately covering the full extent of its scholarly jurisdiction. We are responding to the call to identify grand challenge questions in the Social, Economic and Behavioral sciences by examining the current institutionalization of the MOS scholarly field. We do so by drawing a comparison with the medical field that reveals the dangers of the existing decoupling of practice and theory. Specifically, we metaphorically explore the question: if the MOS field were medicine, could we afford scholarship to be limited only to the realm of pure science, for example biochemistry, in the absence of clinical embeddedness? Finally, we propose questions and potential solutions to make progress towards resolving such decoupling: fostering epistemological analyses to deepen the comparison with fields such as medicine and law; targeting clinically oriented problems; mixing various sub-disciplines of management and practitioners; and fostering actual research collaboration from fields with similar practice affiliation.
PDF: Cavarretta_Fabrice_212.pdf

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