Reading about the academic journal Management Science, one can read the following:

Management Science is a scholarly journal that publishes scientific research on the practice of management. (...) Our articles are primarily based on the foundational disciplines of economics, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and statistics, and we encourage cross-functional, multidisciplinary research that reflects the diversity of the management science professions.

So is management science (the scientific research that is published in journals like this) a separate science, similar to the way economics uses Mathematics? What is the view of economists on this?

  • $\begingroup$ "Management science" is an oxymoron. $\endgroup$
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 16, 2017 at 20:10

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The journal Management Science is a decent one. Many economists do publish on that journal. In fact, a quick look at its editorial board reveals many notable names, with the recent Nobel laureate in Economics Richard Thaler among the associate editors.

The field of management science is more interdisciplinary in nature. See Wikipedia's entry for it. To me, it's like operations research for business or applied microeconomics in the context of business decision-making. To call it a "separate science" is a bit too much, though.


To the extent that economics and business are related fields, "Management Science" is related to economics as well. Many economists serve as part of business school faculties and vice-versa. So these two fields are very closely related, but not completely identical. I wouldn't call it a completely seperate science and the distinction is much less stark than between economics and mathematics.

Similarly, "Management Science" is not a (pure) economics journal, but there is a lot of overlap and many great economists publish in management science. Management science is often considered the top journal for business and has a very respectable standing within economics. Mostly it's (applied) microeconomists publishing there. Naturally, you wouldn't expect to see a paper about macroeconomics in there.

As an example, taxes is a topic for both economists and bussiness professors. While optimal taxation theory would not interest business people and would not be published in "Management Science", papers on tax evasion are studied within both business and economics.


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