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On Theory

Brain-Mind Teleology and the Failure in the Success of the Human Use of Science

Author(s): Richard J. Arend
Contributors: Richard Arend;

Book Description

This book provides value to anyone interested in theory—for understanding why it exists, why it exists in the form it does, what it is (and what it is not), how to do it and when and where, and the responsibilities it entails. It is useful for those studying theory (or the philosophy of science), for those writing theory, for those critiquing theory, and for those trying to understand and apply theory. The book provides perspective in this ‘thing’ (theory) that is ubiquitous, species-differentiating, and yet deeply flawed in many ways—the thing that undergirds humanity’s greatest successes and continued failures. It demystifies the heart of ‘science’, while unifying the ‘sciences’ in terms of goals and duties.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3270-0
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3270-4
Date of Publication: 01/07/2019
Pages / Size: 212 / A5
Price: £61.99


Professor Richard J. Arend is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s doctoral program in Policy Analysis and Strategy. He holds the L.L. Bean/Lee Surace Chair in Strategic Management as Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern Maine. Prior academic appointments include the Management Faculty of New York University’s Stern School of Business, the Bloch School at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His interests lie in the analysis of unusual modes of firm value creation and destruction, and he has published in several top journals, including Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Organization Science. He has over 50 academic published articles and chapters to his credit, as well as one book, Wicked Entrepreneurship. He specializes in critical assessments of the current theories of strategy and of entrepreneurship. He has over twenty years of academic experience researching and teaching business, and has served on the Editorial Boards of a number of theory journals. He is also a professional engineer with work and consulting experience in aerospace and computing.