The Concept of Management: In Search of a New Definition

  • Boris Kaehler
  • Jens Grundei
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The concept of management is well established and very familiar to scholars and practitioners alike. However, it is also very vague, with traditional text book definitions containing almost no concrete characteristics. This chapter aims at developing a more precise definition of management that clearly and fully captures the meaning and the content of the term. This is done by conducting a broad survey of literature and subjecting the main elements to critical analysis. Essential new definitory elements are also conceptualized. As a result, we suggest that management is a steering influence on market, production and/or resource operations in an organization and its units that may address both people and non-people issues and is exerted by multiple organizational actors through either anticipatory norm-setting or situational intervention with the aim of achieving the unit’s objectives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris Kaehler
    • 1
  • Jens Grundei
    • 2
  1. 1.Merseburg University of Applied SciencesMerseburgGermany
  2. 2.Quadriga University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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