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Webinar: Meanings of Theory

  • 1.  Webinar: Meanings of Theory

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    RRBM Webinar: Meanings of Theory

    Speaker: Professor Mats Alvesson (Lund University)


    Developing and evaluating scientific knowledge and its value requires a clear understanding of what 'theory' means. Common definitions of theory are too restrictive, as they do not acknowledge the existence of multiple kinds of scientific knowledge, but largely recognize only one kind as 'theory'. In this webinar we will elaborate a typology that broadens and clarifies the meaning of 'theory'.

    Time: Wednesday, 21st of April at 9am (U.S. Eastern) / 3pm (Central European Time) / 6.30pm (Delhi). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes (including Q&A).

    Registration: Please register here to receive a personalized Zoom link and a reminder for this event.


    Recommended reading:

    • Sandberg, J. and Alvesson, M. (2021), Meanings of Theory: Clarifying Theory through Typification. Journal of Management Studies, 58: 487-516. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12587


    About the speaker

    Mats Alvesson is Professor of Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden, at University of Queensland Business School, Australia and at Cass Business School, London. Research interests include critical theory, gender, power, management of professional service (knowledge intensive) organizations, leadership, identity, organizational image, organizational culture and symbolism, qualitative methods and philosophy of science. He has recently published Return to Meaning: A Social Science with Something to Say (Oxford University Press 2017, w Y Gabriel & R Paulsen).

    Other books include Reflexive Methodology (Sage 2017, w K Sköldberg), Reflexive Leadership (Sage 2017, w M Blom & S Sveningsson), The Stupidity Paradox (Profile 2016, w André Spicer), Managerial Lives (Cambridge University Press 2016, w Stefan Sveningsson), The Triumph of Emptiness (Oxford University Press 2013), Qualitative Research and Theory Development (Sage 2011, with Dan Kärreman), Constructing Research Questions. (Sage 2013, w J Sandberg).

    This webinar is supported by Responsible Research in Business and Management (www.rrbm.network).


    If you have any questions, please contact Ibrat Djabbarov i.djabbarov@cranfield.ac.uk.



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    Ibrat Djabbarov
    Cranfield School of Management
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