Faculty Publications

Title

CLASSIFYING MANAGERIAL PROBLEMS: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF DEFINITIONAL CONTENT

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Management Studies

Volume

32

Issue

5

First Page

679

Last Page

706

Abstract

Problem categories play an important role in the thinking activities of many professionals. Organizational researchers have proposed that managers employ such categories as ‘threat’, ‘opportunity’ and ‘marketing problem’ in their thinking. This paper reports the results of a study of managerial problem categories, based on an analysis of managers’ verbal definitions of a variety of organizational problems. Problem categories previously proposed in the literature were rarely evidenced in these data. However, an iterative, inductive analysis led to the identification of a rich set of managerial problem categories satisfying appropriate criteria. Copyright © 1995, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Original Publication Date

1-1-1995

DOI of published version

10.1111/j.1467-6486.1995.tb00794.x

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