Why we need theory in the organization sciences

Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2016) Why we need theory in the organization sciences. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37 8: 1126-1131. doi:10.1002/job.2113

Author Ashkanasy, Neal M.
Title Why we need theory in the organization sciences
Journal name Journal of Organizational Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-1379
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/job.2113
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 8
Start page 1126
End page 1131
Total pages 6
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
To make the case that theory is a necessary part of research in the organization sciences, I develop three lines of argument. In the first, drawing upon Staw and Sutton's (1995, “What theory is not” Administrative Science Quarterly, 40, 371–384) classic piece, I outline the boundaries of theory and, using a recently published empirical article as an example, demonstrate how research based on literature references and line-and-box diagrams instead of explanatory theory can make only a limited contribution to the literature. I next discuss more generally the pitfalls of conducting research without first developing theory, citing the example of malaria. In the final section of the article, I defend the role of theory-review articles, such as those published in the Academy of Management Review, and illustrate (again by reference to an example) how such articles are critical to advancing organizational research.
Keyword Theory
Empirical fallacy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Version of Record online: 13 JUL 2016

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