Critical essay:organizational cognitive neuroscience drives theoretical progress, or: The curious case of the straw man murder

Butler, Michael J.R.; Lee, Nick and Senior, Carl (2017). Critical essay:organizational cognitive neuroscience drives theoretical progress, or: The curious case of the straw man murder. Human Relations, 70 (10), pp. 1171-1190.

Abstract

In this critical essay, we respond to Lindebaum’s argument that neuroscientific methodologies and data have been accepted prematurely in proposing novel management theory. We acknowledge that building new management theories requires firm foundations. We also find his distinction between demand and supply-side forces helpful as an analytical framework identifying the momentum for the contemporary production of management theory. Nevertheless, some of the arguments Lindebaum puts forward, on closer inspection, can be contested, especially those related to the supply side of organizational cognitive neuroscience research: functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) data, motherhood statements and ethical concerns. We put forward a more positive case for organizational cognitive neuroscience methodologies and data, as well as clarifying exactly what organizational cognitive neuroscience really means, and its consequences for the development of strong management theory.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726716684381
Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology research group
Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Neurosciences research group
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Uncontrolled Keywords: management,methodology,organizational cognitive neuroscience,practice,theory,Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous),Social Sciences(all),Strategy and Management,Management of Technology and Innovation
Published Date: 2017-10-01

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