Paradigms lost:integrating history and organization studies


This article reviews recent attempts at mapping research paradigms in Management and Organizational History and argues that the old distinctions between supplementarist, integrationist, and reorientationist approaches have been superseded by attempts at integrating historical research in organization studies. A typology of these integrationist approaches differentiates between pluralist and unitary integration, as well as between models based on either historical theory or organization theory. Each has distinct weaknesses and strengths, but essentially all limit their integration of historical research paradigms to only a few. As a result, there is a danger that history might become reduced to a methodology, an empirical endeavor, narrative representations, or indeed be considered the subject of research rather than a research approach in its own right. I argue that all of these present an impoverished picture of the rich research traditions available in the discipline of history, which has unique insights and approaches to offer to the study of organizations.

Publication DOI:
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in on 5/12/16, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: historic turn,paradigm maps,integrationist MOH,history and organization studies,historical theory,Business and International Management,History,Strategy and Management
Publication ISSN: 1744-9367
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 07:17
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2016 14:40
Full Text Link:
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
http://www.tand ... 59.2016.1263214 (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-12-31
Published Online Date: 2016-12-05
Accepted Date: 2016-11-14
Authors: Decker, Stephanie D. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0547-9594)



Version: Accepted Version

| Preview

Export / Share Citation


Additional statistics for this record