Strategic Management Journal (in press)

Author: Boyd, B.K., Finkelstein, S., & Gove, S.


Title: How advanced is the strategy paradigm? the role of particularism and universalism in shaping research outcomes

Abstract: As the field of strategy reaches its 25th anniversary, we examine how far the field has progressed during that time. Both management and strategy research have been characterized as being in an early stage of development. We draw on Kuhnís (1996) paradigm development model, which posits a connection between a fieldís stage of maturity and research processes and outcomes, and conduct two studies to assess the maturity of the strategy field. The first is a cross-discipline comparison of productivity norms for university faculty. The second study examines longitudinal research outcomes for a sample of 945 strategy faculty. Our results indicate that strategy has the attributes of both an early stage and mature field: While overall research norms are low relative to other fields, they are driven far more by merit-based than non-merit factors.


Strategy research

paradigm development

research productivity


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