The Emergence Of IMC: A Theoretical Perspective

Philip J. Kitchen
University of Hull
Joanne Brignell, Tao Li and Graham Spickett Jones
Hull University Business School

Sometimes, in a specific disciplinary area, it is useful to pause and take stock of our current location and the processes that have led to this location. Many years ago, Daniel Webster said:

'... When the mariner has been tossed for many days in thick weather, and on an unknown sea, he naturally avails himself of the first pause in the storm, the earliest glance of the sun, to take his latitude, and ascertain how far the elements have driven him from his true course. Let us imitate this prudence, and, before we float further on the waves of this debate, refer to the point from which we de­parted, that we may at least be able to conjec­ture where we are now. I ask for a reading of the resolution...' (cited in Packer. 1979, p. 307)