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Positioning theory and practice question(s) within the field of management learning

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Journal publication date04/2013
JournalManagement Learning
Journal number2
Volume44
Number of pages17
Pages144-160
Early online date2/05/12
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this paper we argue that management learning, as a field of study, has different choices to make than mainstream management research in its conceptualisation and treatment of theory/practice. We believe that management learning as a field of practice - and as a journal - has both the opportunity, and a special responsibility, to consider theory and practice in ways that do not reduce the debate to embodied actors and their assumed different occupational needs. Recent theoretical shifts in management learning have emphasised the relational, site and context specific conception of knowledge and practice and engaged with individuals (whatever their role) in exploring how they come to experience and develop new ways of being and acting in the world. We argue that management learning, when it looks at its existing practice through the epistemic practice perspective, will appreciate the contribution it is already making to advancing theory/practice understanding in management without needing to develop additional collaborative research strategies.