Theory Building: A Review and Integration

Dean A. Shepherd, Roy Suddaby

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Building theories is important for advancing knowledge of management. But it is also a highly challenging task. Although there is a burgeoning literature that offers many theorizing tools, we lack a coherent understanding of how these tools fit together—when to use a particular tool and which combination of tools can be used in the theorizing process. In this article, we organize a systematic review of the literature on theory building in management around the five key elements of a good story: conflict, character, setting, sequence, and plot and arc. In doing so, we hope to provide a richer understanding of how specific theorizing tools facilitate aspects of the theorizing process and offer a clearer big picture of the process of building important theories. We also offer pragmatic empirical theorizing as an approach that uses quantitative empirical findings to stimulate theorizing.
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftJournal of Management
Sidor (från-till)59-86
Antal sidor28
StatusPublicerad - 2016
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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