Constructing mystery: Empirical matters in theory development

Alvesson, Mats and Karreman, Dan (2007) Constructing mystery: Empirical matters in theory development. Academy of Management Review, 32 4: 1265-1281.

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Author Alvesson, Mats
Karreman, Dan
Title Constructing mystery: Empirical matters in theory development
Journal name Academy of Management Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0363-7425
Publication date 2007-10
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 32
Issue 4
Start page 1265
End page 1281
Total pages 17
Editor R. J. Klimoski
Place of publication Briarcliff Manor, USA
Publisher Academy of Management
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
350200 Business and Management
720403 Management
Abstract We outline a research methodology developed around two basic elements: the active discovery and/or creation of mysteries and the subsequent solving of the mysteries. A key element is the reflexive opening up of established theory and vocabulary through a systematic search for deviations from what would be expected, given established wisdom, in empirical contexts. "Data" are seen as an inspiration for critical dialogues between theoretical frameworks and empirical work.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2008 Higher Education Research Data Collection
UQ Business School Publications
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