Assessing the Control Literature: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Posted: 9 Mar 2020

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Sim B. Sitkin

Duke University-Fuqua School of Business

Chris Long

St. John's University - Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Laura B. Cardinal

University of South Carolina - Darla Moore School of Business

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

This review provides a comprehensive picture of the range of control influences in organizations. We begin by describing and labeling the various types of control mechanisms and control systems examined in the literature. We then identify several issues in the control literature that are currently compromising scholars’ capacities to develop a full, complete, and comprehensive knowledge base about control dynamics. Theorists have been constrained by frameworks that present important but relatively limited pictures of how individuals experience, comprehend, address, and attend to the potentially wide array of control influences they encounter. We use these observations to propose new directions for control research that will help scholars develop richer and more complete but also more nuanced understandings of how individuals experience and engage the various forms of control they encounter in organizational life.

Suggested Citation

Sitkin, Sim B. and Long, Chris and Cardinal, Laura B., Assessing the Control Literature: Looking Back and Looking Forward (January 2020). Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Vol. 7, Issue 1, pp. 339-368, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3550379 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-012119-045321

Sim B. Sitkin (Contact Author)

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Chris Long

St. John's University - Peter J. Tobin College of Business ( email )

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Laura B. Cardinal

University of South Carolina - Darla Moore School of Business ( email )

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