Rigor and relevance in organization studies: Idea migration and academic journal evolution


Journal Article

This perspective paper addresses the issues of rigor and relevance in organizational studies in the context of idea migration and journal evolution. We argue that creeping parochialism can happen to any journal, which reflects an evolving narrowness within boundaries of academic subcommunities. Evidence suggests that ideas do migrate across academic subcommunities, although the underlying process is not well understood and the idea flow is not symmetrical. Two kinds of knowledge relevance are discussed-the value for end users such as managers in organizations, and the value for one's own or other academic subcommunities. We argue that the most important mission of Organization Science (OS) is to be a "source" journal for academic subcommunities in organization studies by attracting and publishing new theories and ideas that increase the varieties of knowledge about organizations. © 2008 INFORMS.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Daft, RL; Lewin, AY

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 177 - 183

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-5455

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1047-7039

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1287/orsc.1070.0346

Citation Source

  • Scopus