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How to Write Theory
Speaker: Professor Joep Cornelissen (Erasmus University)

Theory is central to management and organizational research, as it is to other areas of the social sciences. However, writing theory as part of research papers is far from easy. Oftentimes, as authors, we perceive writing theory as much more difficult than writing the methods or empirical parts of our papers. In this session, we will demystify the craft of writing theory through a number of practical exercises related to the theory parts of your paper.

Time: Thursday, 15th of April at 9am (U.S. Eastern) / 3pm (CET). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes including Q&A.

- Cornelissen, J.P. (2017), Developing propositions, a process model or a typology? Addressing the challenges of writing theory without a boilerplate, AMR, 42, 1, 1–9.
- Lange, D., & Pfarrer, (2017). Sense and structure: the core building blocks of an AMR article. AMR, 42, 3, 407–416.
- Okhuysen, G., & Bonardi, J.P. (2011). The challenges of theory building through the combination of lenses. AMR, 36, 1, 6-12.
- Suddaby, R. (2010). Construct clarity in theories of management and organization. AMR, 35, 3, 346-358.

Joep Cornelissen is a Professor in Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Chair in Strategy and Organisation (part-time) at the University of Liverpool Management School. He researches processes of innovation, communication and change and has furthermore a general interest in questions of scientific reasoning and theory development in management and organization theory.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Organization Theory, a former Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Review, a former General Editor of the Journal of Management Studies (2006-2012) and serves on the editorial boards of AMJ, AMR, JMS and OS.

This webinar is supported by RRBM ( and Organization Theory journal.

Apr 15, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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