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Title:A Metaconceptually Referenced Comparative Analysis of Organization Management Theories
Author(s):Paden, Robert Charles
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Business Administration, Management
Abstract:Theories of organization management have evolved in such great numbers and diversity that management theoreticians and practitioners are confronted with a problem commonly characterized as a management theory jungle. Existing taxonomies of management theories have been of limited use in ordering theories of management. This study tested the utility of an original metaconceptual formulation for ordering a selected sample of management theories. There were four aspects to the design of the study. First, two components of a recently developed metaconceptual framework for helping interventions were described. Next, one of the metaconceptual components, viz., the Management Interventional Wheel served as part of a content analysis of a selected sample of theories of management. The third aspect of the design involved classifying the content-analyzed theories according to the second metaconceptual component, viz., the Paradigmatic Interventional Matrix. The last aspect of the design was a verification of the content analysis and classification of theories via an inter-judge reliability assessment. The purposes of the study were: (1) to describe the two components of the metaconceptual framework. (2) to analyze a sample of management theories, using the Interventional Wheel component of the framework. (3) to classify the theories so analyzed through the second component of the framework. (4) to verify the analysis and classification decisions by means of a reliability assessment. (5) to assess the utility of the two components of the metaconceptual framework in ordering theories. The major findings of the study were: (1) Every theory was classified in one and only one cell of the classification formulation. (2) The management theories in the sample varied greatly in most characteristics of content and construction. (3) The terminology of the metaconceptual framework appeared to be nonevaluative. (4) The categories of the metaconceptual framework were found to be mutually exclusive and exhaustive for classifying theories. (5) The Interventional Wheel component was useful in helping to identify publications which lacked requirements for a theory. (6) The reliability assessment disclosed acceptable accuracy and agreement between coders and a standard. It was concluded that the metaconceptual formulation was useful in ordering theories of management.
Issue Date:1983
Description:471 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8410014
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1983

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