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dc.contributor.advisorChristensen, Clayton
dc.contributor.authorFung, Ray
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-07T11:20:25Z
dash.embargo.terms2016-06-06
dc.date.created2014
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.citationFung, Ray. 2014. Truth or Dare: Management Theory at a Crossroads. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Business School.
dc.identifier.other3624359
dc.identifier.urihttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37367805*
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the state of management theory, whether as espoused by the (largely self-proclaimed) gurus, or by management academics. Given that philosophers of science have determined that theory is supposed to provide reliable, non-obvious predictions I test whether management theory meets those requirements. I examine certain famous guru works for reliability through a case-study method. I examine the published results of management academia through a statistical analysis. I examine the non-obviousness of published management academia's hypotheses through a series of interviews and by posing a survey of those hypotheses to volunteers untrained in management knowledge to determine whether they find those predictions to be obvious. Management theory is currently found to be wanting. However, I then propose a set of prescriptions that might allow management to become a truly progressive discipline as well as what management academics and gurus could fruitfully deliver to audiences today
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectPhilosophy of science
dc.titleTruth or Dare: Management Theory at a Crossroads
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation
dash.depositing.authorFung, Ray
dash.embargo.until2016-06-06
dc.date.available2021-06-07T11:20:25Z
thesis.degree.date2014
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Business School
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameD.B.A.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShih, Willy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKuppuswamy, Venkat
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentTechnology & Operations Management
dash.author.emailraymondfung@gmail.com


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