One relatively common assumption in theories about management education, management learning, organizational learning and knowledge management is the universalist assumption, i.e. that these theories are general and thus applicable all around the world. Another assumption that has become rather common in the management area, is the so called translation perspective, i.e. that ideas change when they travel in time and space. Some even claim that ideas are implied differently in different organizations, and that their application is inevitably 'global;' i.e., a blend of the local and the global. The theories about management education, management learning, organizational learning and knowledge management, which we produce and develop - are they general or are they applied differently at different places, organizations and universities around the world? Is there any use for general theories, so called 'etic' theories, or should we instead try to develop local, culture-specific theories, so called 'emic' theories? Is it better to have general theories that everyone can translate to their specific conditions, or to have theories that are contextual and suitable for the specific situation? Or should we start to develop general theories drawing out cultural differences in the management learning area, i.e. what Hofstede has done in the cultural area? Is there any need for universalist theory, or should we instead develop local theories, based on the notion of 'cultural relativism'? Or should we, perhaps, accept the de-coupling between and simultaneous use of global concepts and local practice? A kind of 'glocalization', or absorption of global ideas into local contexts while honouring core features of the host culture, might be deliberately attempted. We welcome papers from a wide range of disciplines, that in one way or another has something to add to this debate. For instance:
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