Theory Evaluation, Entrepreneurial Processes, and Performativity

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Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: March 8, 2016

Abstract

Is it reasonable to evaluate process explanations such as effectuation using criteria that assume a world of efficient causation and linear variance? To address this question, our comment covers the following points. First, we review efforts by scholars within the management discipline to clarify what theory is and how to evaluate it. Second, we introduce process explanations and consider whether the 3E framework is capable of evaluating such contributions. Third, we consider recent explanations of entrepreneurial processes premised on performativity. Our overall assessment is that the 3E framework is ill-suited for evaluating process explanations in general and contributions based on performativity in particular. But, in that case, what options do we have? We address this question in the last section of this dialogue.

Keywords: Performativity, Entrepreneurship, Process Research, Theory Evaluation, Management

JEL Classification: M13, O32

Suggested Citation

Garud, Raghu and Gehman, Joel, Theory Evaluation, Entrepreneurial Processes, and Performativity (March 8, 2016). Academy of Management Review, Forthcoming; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2016-903. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2799034

Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

431 Business Bulding
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA 16803
United States

Joel Gehman (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
(780) 248-5855 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.joelgehman.com

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