Organization science, managerial practice, and language games

Astley, W. Graham and Zammuto, Raymond F. (1992) Organization science, managerial practice, and language games. Organization Science, 3 4: 443-460. doi:10.1287/orsc.3.4.443

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Author Astley, W. Graham
Zammuto, Raymond F.
Title Organization science, managerial practice, and language games
Journal name Organization Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1047-7039
Publication date 1992-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1287/orsc.3.4.443
Volume 3
Issue 4
Start page 443
End page 460
Total pages 18
Place of publication Hanover, MD, United States
Publisher Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines the relationship between organization science and managerial practice. Science and practice are viewed as interdependent, yet semiautonomous, domains which engage in their own specialized forms of discourse or “language games.” The paper examines both the internal dynamics of these language games and the relationship between them. The analysis suggests a reinterpretation of the role played by organizational scientists in relation to practitioners. Organizational scientists should be viewed not as engineers offering technical advice to managers but as providers of conceptual and symbolic language for use in organizational discourse. This view's implications for enhancing the relationship between organization science and managerial practice is discussed.
Keyword Language
Ambiguity
Philosophy of science
Symbolic management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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