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A snapshot of strategy research 2002-2006

Adcroft, A and Willis, R (2009) A snapshot of strategy research 2002-2006 Journal of Management History, 14 (4). pp. 313-333.

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Purpose – The aim of this paper is to assess both the philosophical underpinnings and contributions to knowledge made by research in the field of strategy in the five years between 2002 and 2006. Design/methodology/approach – The paper begins with a review of the literature on the philosophy, purpose, process and outcome of management research which leads to the development of a conceptual model. Following this, almost 4,000 articles from 23 journals are assessed on the basis of their philosophical underpinnings and contribution to knowledge. Findings are reported and implications are discussed. Findings – Most strategy research, especially in higher ranked journals, comes from a positivist perspective. Across all journals, most contributions to knowledge are in the form of stretching theory. There is a limited amount of reflective work in the strategy literature. Practical implications – Given the form and content of strategy research, it is increasingly unlikely that research will make the crossover from the academic to the practitioner world. Originality/value – This paper provides a better understanding of the process through which academic management research can be carried out and the barriers to this process. The paper provides a number of important insights into the nature of strategy research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Adcroft, A
Willis, R
Date : 2009
DOI : 10.1108/17511340810893081
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2008
Additional Information : This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Andy Adcroft, Robert Willis, (2008) "A snapshot of strategy research 2002-2006", Journal of Management History, Vol. 14 Iss: 4, pp.313 - 333
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Date Deposited : 10 Feb 2012 15:35
Last Modified : 13 Oct 2017 13:34

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