Advancing science on the knife's edge: Integration and specialization in management Ph.D. programs

Ram Mudambi, Thomas J. Hannigan, William Adam Kline

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Abstract

All science advances by processes of integration (connecting diverse bodies of knowledge) and specialization (deeper analysis of the study area). New disciplines typically are born of integration (e.g., biochemistry from biology and chemistry) and develop through specialization. For successful specialization in the early years, scholars in the new discipline must be able to stand on the shoulders of giants and be subject matter experts in at least one of the foundational disciplines. In this proposed research, we apply the generic model of scientific advancement to the field of management, using Ph.D. programs in management as the study context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-105
Number of pages23
JournalAcademy of Management Perspectives
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing

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