Determinants and development of schools in organization theory

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William Mckinley
Mark A. Mone
Gyewan Moon


This article focuses on “schooling” in organization theory: the process through which new schools of thought become established as distinct, legitimate theoretical frameworks. It is argued that evolving schools of thought must display a combination of novelty, continuity, and scope to achieve school status. These attributes are described and 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, are discussed. Eight testable propositions from the theoretical model are derived and implications for future research are discussed.


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MCKINLEY, W.; MONE, M. A.; MOON, G. Determinants and development of schools in organization theory. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 43, n. 3, p. 85–99, 2003. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 jul. 2024.