The Circulation of Ideas Across Academic Communities: When Locals Re-Import Exported Ideas

Organization Studies, Vol. 31, Nol. 6, pp. 695-713, 2010

20 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2011 Last revised: 15 Dec 2013

See all articles by Julie Battilana

Julie Battilana

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Harvard Business School - Organizational Behavior Unit

Michel Anteby

Boston University - Department of Organizational Behavior

Metin Sengul

Boston College - Management & Organization Department

Date Written: June 23, 2010

Abstract

The circulation of ideas across academic communities is central to academic pursuits and has attracted much past scholarly attention. As North American-based scholars with European ties, we decided to examine the impact of Organization Studies in North American academia with the objective of understanding what, if anything, makes some Organization Studies articles more likely to have impact in North America than others. To set the stage for better understanding the role of Organization Studies in this academic community, we first present the key characteristics of North American academia. Secondly, relying on archival data spanning the first 29 years of Organization Studies (1980 to 2008, inclusive), we identify an apparent dynamic of select re-importation of exported ideas. Put otherwise, top North American journals tend to re-import ideas authored (and exported) by select North American scholars in Organizations Studies. Thirdly, we discuss the implications of this process on the field of organization studies and on the circulation of ideas across academic communities.

Keywords: circulation of ideas, academic communities, Europe, North America

Suggested Citation

Battilana, Julie and Anteby, Michel and Sengul, Metin, The Circulation of Ideas Across Academic Communities: When Locals Re-Import Exported Ideas (June 23, 2010). Organization Studies, Vol. 31, Nol. 6, pp. 695-713, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1976221

Julie Battilana

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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United States

Harvard Business School - Organizational Behavior Unit ( email )

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Michel Anteby (Contact Author)

Boston University - Department of Organizational Behavior ( email )

Boston, MA 02215
United States

Metin Sengul

Boston College - Management & Organization Department ( email )

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States

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