STS in management education: connecting theory and practice

Hitchin, Linda and Maksymiw, Wolodymyr (2009) STS in management education: connecting theory and practice. Organization: the interdisciplinary journal of organization, theory, and society, 16 (1). pp. 57-80. ISSN 1350-5084

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This paper explores the value of science and technology studies (STS) to management education. The work draws on an ethnographic study of second year management undergraduates studying decision making. The nature and delivery of the decision making module is outlined and the value of STS is demonstrated in terms of both teaching method and module content. Three particular STS contributions are identified and described: the social construction of technological systems; actor network theory; and ontological politics. Affordances and sensibilities are identified for each contribution and a discussion is developed that illustrates how these versions of STS are put to use in management education. It is concluded that STS has a pivotal role to play in critical management (education) and in the process offers opportunities for new forms of managing

Keywords:ontological politics, ethnography, management education, actor network theory, STS
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N224 Management and Organisation of Education
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:3221
Deposited On:13 Aug 2010 14:08

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