Lay off management

June 25, 2004

I agree with Nigel Probert (Letters, June 18) that there is "no science of management", but this does not lead to the conclusion that management is a non-subject.

He may also be right that most management academics would not make very good mathematicians or historians, but the converse is also probably true.

There is a serious debate to be had about the huge growth of management studies, but this is not the way to conduct it.

Christopher Grey
Reader in organisational theory
Judge Institute of Management
University of Cambridge

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