MOVING FROM IDEAS TO A THEORETICAL CONTRIBUTION: COMMENTS ON THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING THEORY IN ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH

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  • Acknowledgments: I would like to thank my colleagues Kyle Lewis and Luis Martins for their helpful comments and suggestions.

Abstract

The topic of theory development remains an ongoing area of interest among management scholars. Much of the discussion on the topic has focused on the question of what constitutes a theoretical contribution. In contrast, this article emphasizes the process through which ideas develop into a value-added theoretical contribution. The article highlights the paradoxical nature of the demands that the theory development process poses on scholars.

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