What is Theory? What constitutes a theoretical contribution?
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1. Module-Based Content
Based upon this module’s readings as well as the NBC Learn videos, provide examples from early management practices related to authority, planning, leadership, ethics, and strategic direction. Which of these practices are applicable to managing today’s workforce? Why?
2. Landmark Article Research:
Early Thinking on Management
The idea here is to think about the early thought on management. You can look back to eras like the early Egyptians (Flinders), the Hebrews (Hagerman; Durant), Greece (Plato and Aristotle), Roman Empire, the Middle Ages (Gimple, Marco Polo), The Protestant Ethic (Max Weber), The Liberty Ethic, or The Market Ethic (Smith). Use one of these concepts to locate your landmark article for the week.
The required readings for the first two weeks of this course revolved around good theory building. For your discussion this week, there is no contemporary article research. Instead, the question I pose is “What makes a good theory?” Prepare a short paragraph explaining how you define a good theory and how you can ensure that your research work will make a good theoretical contribution.