Developing a new theory of knowledge sharing: Documenting and reflecting on a messy process

M.G. Martinsons, R.M. Davison, Carol Ou

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Subtitle of host publicationOpening Governance
Place of PublicationVancouver
PublisherAcademy of Management
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2015) - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 Aug 201511 Aug 2015

Conference

Conference75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2015)
Abbreviated titleAOM 2015
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period7/08/1511/08/15

Keywords

  • knowledge sharing
  • research method
  • theory development

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