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The Theory Crisis in Management Research
Speaker: Matthew A. Cronin (George Mason University)

There is growing concern that management theory is not very useful or usable. Many scholars seek to fix the growing disconnect between theory and managerial realities, as well as the overabundance of weak and untested theory. This discussion focuses on improving unit theory, which frames empirical work on specific aspects of a phenomenon, rather than programmatic theory, which orients scholars and practitioners toward what the unit theories collectively support as settled science. While programmatic theory must be comprised of solid unit theories, the processes that improve programmatic theory are different from and can be undermined by those that improve unit theory. Our contribution, therefore, is a model for how unit theory becomes programmatic theory that demonstrates how and why programmatic theory needs to drive that process.

Time: Thursday, 21st of October at 10am (Eastern) / 3pm (London). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes (including Q&A).

Suggested readings:
• Cronin, M. A., Stouten, J., Van Knippenberg, D. (Forthcoming). The Theory Crisis in Management Research: Solving the Right Problem. Academy of Management Review https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2019.0294
• Cronin, M. A. & Homan, A. C. (2020) From the (New) Editors. Organizational Psychology Review 10 (1), 3-5
• Cronin, M. A. & Bendersky, C. (2012). The supply chain for producing quality organizational knowledge. Organizational Psychology Review, 2, 54-70.
• Cronin, M. A. & Klimoski, R. (2011) Broadening the View of What Constitutes ‘‘Evidence.’’ Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 4, 57–61.

About the speaker

Matthew A. Cronin (Ph.D. 2004, Carnegie Mellon University) is a Professor of Management at George Mason University. He is an Associate Editor at The Academy of Management Annals, and Co-Editor in Chief of Organizational Psychology Review.


For queries, please contact Ibrat Djabbarov i.djabbarov@cranfield.ac.uk.

Oct 21, 2021 03:00 PM in London

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