On the necessity and scientific challenges of conducting research into strategic value creating management models: Farewell address Address given in shortened form on the occasion of his farewell as Professor of Full Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, on Friday May 11, 2012

Frans van den Bosch*

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Abstract

In his Farewell Lecture, referring to the statement “Nothing is as practical as good theory”, Professor Van Den Bosch elaborates on developing “good” Management Theory and its practical application to business and society. Management is likely to be the most valuable resource of goal-oriented organizations. However, nowadays in the media and in public debate the diminishing legitimacy of managers is coming under discussion. This raises the challenging question: are managers losing their societal legitimacy? If this is the case, the second question arises: how can a more solid theoretical foundation of Management contribute to new insights in terms of its role – as an alternative to the Market – as a coordinating mechanism for creating value for business and society?
Regarding both questions, the following four scientific challenges are addressed. First, the case is made that a managerial perspective on Research into Management is required. Second, taking a context-neutral approach in defining Management, it is proposed to focus on generic core activities of Management. Third, it is suggested that the creation of strategic value for society should be defined as the purpose of Management of organizations. Fourth, based on recent contributions to the literature, the importance for practice of strategic value creating Management Models are discussed, including a current application in the context of Shared Value Creation. Finally, the problems and challenges of changing the Management Model of an organization, i.e. Management Innovation, are highlighted.
The lecture is concluded with four recommendations. These recommendations are directed to scientists in the field of Research in Management, to Schools of Management, to the practice of Management, and to governmental and regulatory agencies. These agencies have to look after Management Models and their strategic value creation for society. In the context of the present financial and economic crisis, it is recommended these agencies have to consider correcting not only the “Invisible Hand” of the Market, but also paying due attention to its close connection with the “Visible Hand” of Management.
Original languageEnglish
TypeFarewell Address
Media of outputPdf
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2012

Publication series

SeriesERIM Farewell Addresses Research in Management Series
NumberEFA-2012-001-STR

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