Developing a New Theory of Knowledge Sharing : Documenting and Reflecting on a Messy Process

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
EditorsSonia Taneja
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number1
Volume2015
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561

Conference

Title75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2015)
PlaceCanada
CityVancouver
Period7 - 11 August 2015

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Abstract

Much has been written about theories and how they can be tested. Unfortunately, much less has been written about how to develop them. This paper sheds light on the process of new theory development. We document and reflect on how we developed a context-sensitive indigenous theory of knowledge sharing by studying Chinese organizations. By reviewing and refining our own somewhat messy process, we have identified six key stages: abstract, identify, select, explain, synthesize, and validate. By presenting our model of theory development to the Academy of Management, we aim to encourage greater discussion of how theories can be developed, to stimulate the development of new contextual theories, and to provide useful methodological guidance for those who take up the theory building challenge.

Research Area(s)

  • theory development, knowledge sharing, research method

Citation Format(s)

Developing a New Theory of Knowledge Sharing: Documenting and Reflecting on a Messy Process. / Martinsons, Maris G.; Davison, Robert M.; Ou, Carol Xiaojuan.
Academy of Management Proceedings. ed. / Sonia Taneja. 2015. (Academy of Management Proceedings; Vol. 2015, No. 1).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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