Oswick, Cliff; Fleming, Peter; Hanlon, Gerard
April 2011
Academy of Management Review;Apr2011, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p318
Academic Journal
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 process 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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