Understanding Management, Trade, and Society Through Fiction: Lessons from The Wire

Robin Holt, Mike Zundel

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The article analyzes the television series "The Wire," focusing on elements of the series of interest in relation to management science. The authors discuss strengths of the show as fiction, including the density of its portrayal of urban life and its avoidance of closure. Other topics include the management styles portrayed by the show's characters in a range of settings including police work and the illegal drug trade..
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)576-585
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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