On the paradoxical balancing of panaceaism and particularism within the field of management learning

Anders ÖRTENBLAD, Robin Stanley SNELL, Manuela PERROTTA, Devi AKELLA

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Besides commenting on the papers selected for this special issue, we include a brief reflexive account of our journey in compiling this special issue, and report how we were struck by the de-coupling between our own local practices, on the one hand, and the global concepts that are familiar in management learning, on the other. We pose some general questions about the representability and transportability of knowledge for management learning that has been developed in one context to other contexts around the world. We ask whether the so-called universalist theories are generally applicable, or whether they need to be applied differently by managers and educators, tailored to their local situations. We inquire whether management educators should embrace cultural relativism and deliberately craft theories that are intended only for local applicability. We consider whether a kind of 'glocalization', or absorption of global ideas into local contexts while honouring core features of the host culture, might be achieved. We call for further research into the conditions for user-centred translation in management education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages9
JournalManagement Learning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


  • glocalization
  • management fashion
  • management learning
  • particularity
  • practice
  • reflexivity
  • situated learning
  • translation
  • universality


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