Great Minds in Management: The Process of Theory Development

Paperback | August 5, 2007

EditorKen G. Smith, Michael A. Hitt

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In Great Minds In Management Ken G. Smith and Michael A. Hitt have brought together some of the most influential and original thinkers in management. Their contributions to this volume not only outline their landmark contributions to management theory, but also reflect on the process oftheory development, presenting their own personal accounts of the gestation of these theories.The result is not only an ambitious and original panorama of the key ideas in management theory presented by their originators, but also a unique collection of reflections on the process of theory development, an area which to date little has been written about by those who have actually hadexperience of building theory.In their concluding chapter, Ken G. Smith and Michael A. Hitt draw together some common themes about the development of management theory over the last half a century, and suggest some of the conclusions to be drawn about how theory comes into being.Contributors: Chris Argyris, Albert Bandura, Jay B. Barney, Lee R. Beach, Kim Cameron, Michael R. Darby, Robert Folger, R. Edward Freeman, Michael Frese, J. Richard Hackman, Donald C. Hambrick, Michael A. Hitt, Anne S. Huff, Gary P. Latham, Edwin A. Locke, Henry Mintzberg, Terrence R. Mitchell, Richard T. Mowday,Ikujiro Nonaka, Greg R. Oldham, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Lyman W. Porter, Denise M. Rousseau, W. Richard Scott, Ken G. Smith, Barry M. Staw, Richard M. Steers, Victor H. Vroom, Karl E. Weick, Oliver E. Williamson, Sidney G. Winter, and Lynn Zucker,

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In Great Minds In Management Ken G. Smith and Michael A. Hitt have brought together some of the most influential and original thinkers in management. Their contributions to this volume not only outline their landmark contributions to management theory, but also reflect on the process oftheory development, presenting their own personal...

Ken G. Smith is the Dean's Chaired Professor of Business Strategy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park. Professor Smith is a former editor of the Academy of Management Review, and has co-authored and edited books on strategy and organizational cooperation. He is currently the Presiden...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.34 inPublished:August 5, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Michael A. Hitt and Ken G. Smith: The Process of Developing Mangement TheoryPart I: Individuals and Their Environment2. Albert Bandura: The Evolution of Social Cognitive Theory3. Lee R. Beach and Terrence R. Mitchell: Image Theory4. Robert Folger: The Road to Fairness and Beyond5. Michael Frese: Proactive Individualism6. Donald C. Hambrick: Upper Echelons Theory: Origins, Twists and Turns, and Lessons Learned7. Edwin A. Locked and Gary P. Latham: Goal Setting Theory: Theory Building by Induction8. Greg R. Oldham and J. Richard Hackman: How Job Characteristics Theory Happened9. Lyman W. Porter, Richard M. Steers, and Richard T. Mowday: Do Employee Attitudes Towards Organizations Matter? The Study of Employee Commitment to Organizations10. Denise M. Rousseau: Developing Psychological Contract Theory11. Barry M. Staw: The Escalation of Commitment: Steps Toward an Organizational Theory12. Victor H. Vroom: On the Origins of Expectancy TheoryPart II: Behavior of Organizations13. Chris Argyris: Double-Loop Learning in Organizations: A Theory of Action Perspective14. Jay B. Barney: Where Does Inequality Come From? The Personal and Intellectual Roots of Resource-Based Theory15. Kim Cameron: Organizational Effectiveness: Its Demise and Re-Emergence Through Positive Organizational Scholarship16. Anne S. Huff: Managerial and Organizational Cognition: Islands of Coherence17. Henry Mintzberg: Develping Theory About the Development of Theory18. Ikujiro Nonaka: Managing Organizational Knowledge: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations19. Karl E. Weick: The Experience of Theorizing: Sensemaking as Topic and ResourcePart III: Environmental Contingencies and Organizations20. R. Edward Freeman: The Development of Stakeholder Theory: An Idiosyncratic Approach21. Jeffrey Pfeffer: Developing Resouce Dependence Theory: How Theory is Affected by its Environment22. W. Richard Scott: Institutional Theroy: Contributing to a Theoretical Research Program23. Oliver E. Williamson: Transaction Cost Economics: The Process of Theory Development24. Sidney G. Winter: Developing Evolutionary Theory for Economics and Management25. Lynn Zucker and Michael R. Darby: An Evolutionary Approach to Institutions and Social Construction: Process and StructureConclusion26. Ken G. Smith and Michael A. Hitt: Learning How to Develop Theory from the Masters

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`...what the book delivers is two-fold. First it provides the reader with a vista of the current management landscape featuring some of the prominent theories that have evolved in the field. Secondly it provides insights into the process of theory development through original accounts bytheory developers. On both scores the book is valuable...I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in theory building, especially to those who are keen to probe how it is accomplished in an interdisciplinary, applied field such as management.'M@n@gement