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Theory Building Resources

We often get requests for information, articles and resources on theory building. We hope you find the following useful.

Example 1: Syllabi for Theory–Building Doctoral Courses 
  Professor Mason A. Carpenter - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Example 2: AMR Reviewers and Editors Advice On Clear Writing
  Professor Belle Rose Ragins - Associate Editor, Academy of Management Review
Example 3: AMR Reviewers and Editors Advice On Clear Writing
  Additional Commentary: AMR Reviewers and Editors Advice On Clear Writing
Example 4: AMR Writing Theoretical Papers: A Workshop from the Editors   
Example 5: From the Editor Essay on Teaching Theory

From the Editor Essays on Writing Theory

AMR Best Article Winners Collection 

References on theory-building and theoretical contributions:

Ingrid Smithey Fulmer 2012  Editor's Comments: The Craft of Writing Theory Articles-Variety and Similarity in AMR    Academy of Management Review 37(3): 327-331Bartunek, J. M., Rynes, S. L., & Ireland, R. D. 2006.  What makes management research interesting and why does it matter? Academy of Management Journal, 49(1): 9-15.

Bergh, D. 2003.  From the Editors: Thinking strategically about contribution. Academy of Management Journal, 46(2): 135-136

Corley, K. & Gioia, D.  Building theory about theory building: What constitutes a theoretical contribution?  Academy of Management Review, 36 (1): 12-32

Davis, Murray S. 1971.  That's interesting! Philosophy and Social Science, 1 (4): 309-344.

Gioia, D. A., & Pitre, E. 1990.  Multiparadigm perspectives on theory building. Academy of Management Review, 15: 584-602.

Hambrick, D. C. 1994. 1993 Presidential Address:  What if the Academy actually mattered? Academy of Management Review, 19(1): 11-16.

Hitt, M. A., & Smith, K. G. 2005.  Introduction: The process of developing management theory.

K. G. Smith, & M. A. Hitt (Eds.),  Great Minds in Management: The Process of Theory Development: 1-6. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Huff, A. S. 1999.  Writing for Scholarly Publication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kilduff, M. 2006. Editor's comments: Publishing theory.  Academy of Management Review, 31(2):252-255.

Ragins, B. R. 2012 Editor's Comments: Reflections on the Craft of Clear Writing Academy of Management Review 37(4): 493-501

Rindova, V. P. 2008.  Publishing theory when you are new to the game. Academy of Management Review, 33(2): 300-303.

Rynes, S. 2002.  Editor Comments: Some reflections on contribution. Academy of Management Journal, 45(2): 311-313.

Suddaby, R. 2010.   Editor's Comments: Construct clarity in theories of management and organization. Academy of Management Review, 35 (3) 346-358.

Van de Ven, A. H. 1989.  Nothing is quite so practical as a good theory. Academy of Management Review, 14(4): 486-489.

Whetten, D. A. 1989.  What constitutes a theoretical contribution? Academy of Management Review, 14: 490-495.

Weick, Karl. 1995. What theory is Not, Theorizing is, Administrative Science Quarterly, 40: 385-390.

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