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Reconsidering theoretical progress in organizational and management research

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Organizational Research Methods
Issue number4
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)615-619
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Theory development is a high priority in organizational and management research. However, theory development is often equated with building new theory, a practice that is rewarded in the publication process and encouraged by norms that pervade the field. This practice has produced a proliferation of theories, most of which are not exposed to rigorous empirical research that probes core propositions and puts theories at risk. In the interest of theory development, management and organizational research would make better progress if we devoted more attention to theoretical refinement, conducting research that identifies the boundaries and limitations of theories, stages competitive tests between rival theories, and increases the precision of theories so they yield strong predictions that can be falsified. These issues are addressed by the articles that constitute this feature topic, with the goal of enhancing theoretical progress in management and organizational research.