Fragmentation of scientific knowledge in administration: a critical analysis

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Janaina Siegler
Cristiane Biazzin
Aline Rodrigues Fernandes


This study aims to rescue the discussion of science fragmentation, exploring how this phenomenon manifests itself in Management Science and Business Administration and what its implications for the advancement of scientific knowledge are. As an illustrative case, we used the interface between Operations Management and Human Resources Management fields. The methodology adopted was a bibliometric research through a structured mapping of the scientific production of these two major areas. The results indicated that both evolved independently, with little synergy, given the paucity of works found in two decades of research. The study highlights some factors that can enhance the fragmentation: epistemological views, preferences, and methodological gaps between the authors. From these findings, the study seeks to provoke reflection about the opportunities offered from the exchange between areas for the advancement of knowledge.


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SIEGLER, J.; BIAZZIN, C.; FERNANDES, A. R. Fragmentation of scientific knowledge in administration: a critical analysis. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 54, n. 3, p. 254–267, 2014. Disponível em: Acesso em: 19 may. 2024.