Can Management Ever Be a Science?

SOME TIME AGO I WAS ASKED by one of the management associations to make a speech on “Management Science in Business Planning.” I used this invitation to do something I had long intended to do, which was to scan the last four or five years of literature in the areas of management science: operational research; statistical theory and statistical decision making; systems theory, cybernetics, data processing, and information theory; econometrics, management accounting, and accounting theory; and so on. I also looked fairly closely at the management science work done in a number of businesses, either ...

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