The practicality of practice theory

Martha Feldman, Monica Worline

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We engage in a conversation about the relevance of practice theory for management. We argue that management educators can use practice theory to help current and future managers develop intuitions that are useful for managing dynamic and complex situations, and we provide management educators with three orientations designed to help make practice theory practical. First, we introduce a way of thinking about practicality that orients to the everyday context of management. Second, we provide a primer on practice theory. Third, we illustrate the potential for the practicality of practice theory through the idea of resourcing and in-depth case examples of resourcing in practice. We conclude with suggestions for further development of this conversation.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalAcademy of Management Learning and Education
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)304-324
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • practice theory
  • resourcing
  • management development
  • management education
  • resources
  • practices


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