Wanted: A Critical Synthesis of Management Theory, Research, and Practice

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 413–414. Reviews the book, The Management Process: Theory, Research, and Practice. 2nd ed by John B. Miner (1978). It is intended for a first course “in the understanding and managing of human behavior in organizations.” Although it is well written, it only partially achieves its objectives of: (1) providing an integration of the diverse literature and thought in the management field, (2) placing major emphasis on findings from scientific research, and (3) marshaling knowledge to provide guidelines for the practicing manager. Miner draws negative conclusions regarding the implementation probabilities of job or work system enrichment. It is unfortunate that the author's attempt at synthesis has failed to address the natural elements of dialectics that exist in management theory and research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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