The first two chapters have set out the bones of an argument concerning the extent and kinds of value which can be expected from management research. In general the conclusions so far have been largely negative — management research does not measure up very well to the canons of pure scientific research, and in the absence of these there is a serious question as to what level of validity can be expected at all. This is neither a new nor a particularly startling view in itself, but it is set out here as the necessary backdrop to ascertaining what can be said about the merits of management research.
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