Refining, reinforcing and reimagining universal and indigenous theory development in international management

Jack, Gavin, Zhu, Yunxia, Barney, Jay, Brannen, Mary Yoko, Prichard, Craig, Singh, Kulwant and Whetten, David (2013) Refining, reinforcing and reimagining universal and indigenous theory development in international management. Journal of Management Inquiry, 22 2: 148-164. doi:10.1177/1056492612458453


Author Jack, Gavin
Zhu, Yunxia
Barney, Jay
Brannen, Mary Yoko
Prichard, Craig
Singh, Kulwant
Whetten, David
Title Refining, reinforcing and reimagining universal and indigenous theory development in international management
Journal name Journal of Management Inquiry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1056-4926
1552-6542
Publication date 2013-04
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1056492612458453
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 148
End page 164
Total pages 17
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This article addresses a long-established yet still contentious question in international management scholarship—Is it possible and desirable to create a universal theory of management and organization? Scholarship about the boundary conditions of endogenous theory and the need for indigenous theories of management as well as geopolitical changes in the world order have animated this debate. Five leading scholars discussed this topic at a symposium held at the 2009 Academy of Management meeting. This article presents an analysis of their viewpoints. Three key perspectives were identified in the debate: the refining perspective, the reinforcing perspective, and the reimagining perspective. Using excerpts from the symposium transcript, we outline, compare, and critically evaluate the characteristics and significance of each perspective to advancing theory development. The distinctive contribution of this article lies in its meta-theoretical debate about the relationship between theory, context, and power in the production of global management knowledge.
Keyword Universal
Indigenous
Etic-emic
Theory building
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print September 21, 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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