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Bridging the Great Divide Between Theoretical and Empirical Management Research

Edwards, Jeffrey R; Berry, James; Kay, Virginia Stewart; (2014) Bridging the Great Divide Between Theoretical and Empirical Management Research. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings. Academy of Management: Philadelphia, PA, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Management research places a great premium on theory development. Despite this emphasis, concerns have been expressed regarding the extent to which management theories are tested in empirical research. This article reviews evidence concerning the connections between theoretical and empirical management research and reports an investigation that examines the correspondence between the propositions presented in 20 highly cited theoretical articles and the hypotheses stated in 361 empirical articles that cite the theories. Results indicate that the vast majority of theoretical propositions are not translated into empirical hypotheses, indicating a great divide between theoretical and empirical management research. Implications of these results are discussed, and potential solutions are offered.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Bridging the Great Divide Between Theoretical and Empirical Management Research
Event: The Power of Words Philadelphia PA 2014
Location: Philadelphia PA USA
Dates: 1 Aug 2014 - 5 Aug 2014
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5465/ambpp.2014.17696abstract
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2014.17696abstract
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Empirical research, Theory development
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10148961
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