Management knowledge in the mirror: Scholarship, fashion and Simmel

Lilley, Simon and Parker, Martin (2016) Management knowledge in the mirror: Scholarship, fashion and Simmel. ephemera, 16 (2). pp. 11-30. ISSN 2052-1499

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of the concept of fashion in arguments about management
knowledge, using the popularity of that literature during the 2000s as a case study. In
order to do this, it will move through a series of linked arguments. First, that research on
‘management fashions’ has become fashionable, and that this has provided a topic for
academics to write about. Second, that research on ‘management fashions’ appears to
only ceremonially cite earlier work on fashion from outside the management disciplines,
such as that by Simmel. Third, that this means that much research on management
fashions appears to adopt an attitude which insulates its own judgements about what is
mere fashion and what is well grounded science from a wider understanding of the role
of fashion in social affairs more generally. We conclude by suggesting that once
questions of fashionability are admitted into management epistemology, all practices and
distinctions become necessarily understood in terms of imitation, including the ones in
this article

Keywords:Fashion, Management Knowledge, Simmel
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:47001
Deposited On:10 Nov 2021 10:52

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