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Meaning and interpretation: insights and discourse

Kakabadse, N. K. and Steane, P. (2010) Meaning and interpretation: insights and discourse. Journal of Management History. 16(3), pp. 346-366. 1751-1348.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Purpose – The paper seeks to analyze the discourse of meaning and interpretation in the social sciences. It aims to provide a historical overview of the hermeneutics and the need for scientific as well as general understanding, and to emphasize the importance of the interpretive approach in management history. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides an in-depth literature review of interpretation. Findings – Interpretative approach is a basic building block of all science and management praxis. Research limitations/implications – Literature is limited to social science. Practical implications – The paper highlights the importance of interpretation in management dialogue and praxis, vis-à-vis a sole reliance on rationalistic methods. Originality/value – The originality of the paper lies in the scope of its literature review and the broad understanding it provides for management praxis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interpretation; meaning; hermeneutics; understanding; management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H62 Study and teaching. Research
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD30.4 Study and teaching. Research
Creators: Kakabadse, Nada K and Steane, Peter
Publisher: Emerald
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law > Business and International Management (to 2010)
Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > International Strategy & Business
Date: 2010
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 346-366
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management History
Volume: 16
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 1751-1348
Status: Published / Disseminated

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