Is Management Interdisciplinary? The Evolution of Management as an Interdisciplinary Field of Research and Education in the Netherlands

39 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2007

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Peter J. van Baalen

University of Amsterdam

Luchien Karsten

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business

Date Written: September 19, 2007

Abstract

Management research and education are often characterized as being interdisciplinary. However, most discussions on what interdisciplinarity in management studies means have bogged down in ideological fixations. In this paper we alternatively take a historical perspective and analyze the evolution of the interdisciplinarity concept in management studies during the last decades in the Netherlands. We distinguish between two opposite versions of interdisciplinarity: a synoptic (conceptual) and an instrumental (pragmatic) one. Both versions resulted from different knowledge strategies (boundary-work) of competing and cooperating disciplines. We conclude that in the Netherlands instrumental versions of interdisciplinarity in management research and education prevailed.

Keywords: management science, Interdisciplinarity, disciplinarity, management education, history of management education

Suggested Citation

van Baalen, Peter J. and Karsten, Luchien, Is Management Interdisciplinary? The Evolution of Management as an Interdisciplinary Field of Research and Education in the Netherlands (September 19, 2007). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-047-LIS, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1020172

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