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Against evidence-based management, for management learning.

Morrell, K. and Learmonth, M. (2015) 'Against evidence-based management, for management learning.', Academy of management learning and education., 14 (4). pp. 520-533.


Evidence-based management has been widely advocated in management studies. It has great ambition: all manner of organizational problems are held to be amenable to an evidence-based approach. With such ambition, however, has come a certain narrowness which risks restricting our ability to understand the diversity of problems in management studies. Indeed, in the longer term, such narrowness may limit our capacity to engage with many real-life issues in organizations. Having repeatedly heard the case for evidence-based management, we invite readers to weigh up the case against. We also set out an alternative direction - one that promotes intellectual pluralism and flexibility, the value of multiple perspectives, openness, dialogue, and the questioning of basic assumptions. These considerations are the antithesis of an evidence-based approach, but central to a fully rounded management education.

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Date accepted:26 July 2015
Date deposited:15 January 2016
Date of first online publication:29 July 2015
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