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Is a cassette player an “ordinary object” or a “mystery”? It depends on whom you ask, and ethnography can help you ask the right questions. Yoshikazu Takada

Why teach ethnography to managers (in the big data era)?

Big data is all the rage in management circles and beyond, yet little is said about the understanding needed with such voluminous data. An important lesson can be learned from ethnographic research.
Management academics often face students in their classrooms with more practical experience in the business world than they have. But management is an important inter-disciplinary field that has a lot to offer business executives. (Shutterstock)

Why management academics matter

Those who study, research and teach management are often viewed skeptically, even by their students, who might have more experience than they do in the business world. Here's why that's wrong.
A negative performance review along with the knowledge that one is not considered to be ‘highly sought after talent,’ can be demotivating to your staff. Štefan Štefančík/ Unsplash

Why your boss should not make you aware of your incompetence

Don't tell your employee they are not doing well, according to new research. "White lies" coming form managers to staff about how well they are doing can help with their motivation.
Harvard Business School classroom. mleiboff/Flickr

Debate: Do we really need business schools?

Since the financial crisis, business schools have been accused of every evil -- inequality, oppression, environmental devastation. So why should management schools be preserved?

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