Historicism in narrative reviews of strategic management research

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Novicevic, M. M., Harvey, M. G., Buckley, M. R., & Adams, G. L. (2008). Historicism in narrative reviews of strategic management research. Journal of management history, 14(4), 334-347.

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2008 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 1503

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive analysis of methodological issues that accompany the articles reviewing past research in strategic management.

Design/methodology/approach – The topic of the philosophical underpinnings and implications of historicism in strategy reviews is examined by contrasting and explaining deterministic, indeterministic, and underdeterministic views of strategy's intellectual history.

Findings – Three diverse philosophical approaches to historicist interpretation are found to be embedded in key review articles in the field of strategic management.

Practical implications – This paper indicates the need to develop and teach an accepted methodology of systematically reviewing and interpreting available knowledge in strategic management.

Originality/value – The unique contribution of this paper is that it indicates new paths that are important not only for the development of an alternative way to construct a shared history of the subject but also for the development of common norms for review articles that could help to advance strategic management scholarship.

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