Determinants and Development of Schools in Organization Theory

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This article focuses on "schooling" in organization theory: the process through which new schools of thought become established as distinct, legitimate theoretical frameworks. We argue that evolving schools of thought must display a combination of novelty, continuity, and scope to achieve school status. We describe these attributes and discuss their role in promoting the detection and assimilation of a school's intellectual products, as well as the creation of a stream of empirical research. We derive eight testable propositions from our theoretical model and discuss implications for future research. CR - Copyright © 1999 Academy of Management
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)634-648
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 01.10.1999
Externally publishedYes