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From borrowing to blending: Rethinking the processes of organizational theory building

Oswick C, Fleming P, Hanlon G ...see all

Academy of Management Review, vol. 36, issue 2 (2011) pp. 318-337

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Why are there not more original and radical theories in organization theory? To answer this question, we consider an overreliance on " theory borrowing " from other disciplines. We identify a dominant foreign to domestic to domesticated pattern of organization and management theory building and propose that the prevalent pro-cess of one-way borrowing from outside the discipline should be counterbalanced by a two-way analogical process of conceptual blending, which involves dissonant thinking, disanalogy, and counterfactual reasoning.

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  • Cliff Oswick

  • Peter Fleming

  • Gerard Hanlon

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