Slow Management

29 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2019

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Dan Kärreman

Copenhagen Business School

André Spicer

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Rasmus Koss Hartmann

Copenhagen Business School

Date Written: June 14, 2018

Abstract

Management is a practice that runs on ideas. Unfortunately, ideas that organizations must constantly change are prevalent. This can easily lead to junky ‘Fast Management’: management that is change-obsessed, attention-starved and over-hyped; that binges on mass-produced ideas; and that lacks substance. Inspired by the Slow Food Movement, this paper develops a more wholesome alternative. Slow Management is about doing less, but better management that is more thoughtful and less flashy. It emphasizes the context-specific and craft-based dimension of managerial work; the necessity of industry-specific, non-transferable competence; and the long-term and commitment-dependent nature of substantive organizational improvement and innovation.

Keywords: Management ideas, Management fashions, Fast Management, Slow Management

JEL Classification: M10

Suggested Citation

Kärreman, Dan and Spicer, André and Hartmann, Rasmus Koss, Slow Management (June 14, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3481688 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3481688

Dan Kärreman

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000
Denmark

André Spicer

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

Rasmus Koss Hartmann (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000
Denmark

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