Has management studies lost its way? Ideas for more imaginative and innovative research

Alvesson, Mats and Sandberg, Jorgen (2013) Has management studies lost its way? Ideas for more imaginative and innovative research. Journal of Management Studies, 50 1: 128-152. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01070.x

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Author Alvesson, Mats
Sandberg, Jorgen
Title Has management studies lost its way? Ideas for more imaginative and innovative research
Journal name Journal of Management Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2380
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01070.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 50
Issue 1
Start page 128
End page 152
Total pages 25
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Despite the huge increase in the number of management articles published during the three last decades, there is a serious shortage of high-impact research in management studies. We contend that a primary reason behind this paradoxical shortage is the near total dominance of incremental gap-spotting research in management. This domination is even more paradoxical as it is well known that gap-spotting rarely leads to influential theories. We identify three broad and interacting key drivers behind this double paradox: institutional conditions, professional norms, and researchers' identity constructions. We discuss how specific changes in these drivers can reduce the shortage of influential management theories. We also point to two methodologies that may encourage and facilitate more innovative and imaginative research and revisions of academic norms and identities.
Keyword Interesting theories
Research methods
Research problems
Research questions
Theory development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 3 August 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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