The Interplay of Theory and Methods

The Interplay of Theory and Methods

By
Jesper B. Sørensen, John Van Maanen, Terrence R. Mitchell
Academy of Management Journal.
2007, Vol. 35, Pages 1145-1154

This special issue contains six papers that address a variety of practical research process questions. The papers explore how theory and method inevitably interact in particular organization and management studies. Here we offer an overview of how theory and method have been treated to date by organization researchers and suggest that respecting both the primacy of theory and the primacy of evidence is no easy task but a necessary balancing practice that characterizes high-quality research.