Is Global Management Knowledge on the Way to Impoverishment?

Alexandre Anatolievich Bachkirov*

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Abstract

This article seeks to synthesise three fields of inquiry – management studies, linguistics and cognitive psychology – to explore an arguably emerging phenomenon of global management knowledge (MK) impoverishment. To this end, three literatures are reviewed and interrogated for the insights they may provide into the underlying factors affecting global MK: trends in knowledge production, Englishisation of management scholarship and the culturally determined differences in cognition. Arguments are developed through descriptive investigation, discussion and analysis. The central proposition of this article is that the politics of knowledge production, the hegemony of English as the dominant language of management studies and the variations in thinking styles are synergistically interlinked in a way that facilitates Anglophone homogenisation of management research and potentially leads to global MK impoverishment. The ways of addressing the situation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-248
Number of pages30
JournalPhilosophy of Management
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anglophone core
  • Education
  • Global
  • Management research
  • Peripheral
  • Politics of knowledge production
  • Publishing
  • The English language
  • Thinking styles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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