Model-Theoretic Knowledge Accumulation: The Case of Agency Theory and Incentive Alignment.

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleModel-Theoretic Knowledge Accumulation: The Case of Agency Theory and Incentive Alignment. Author(S)Jared D. Harris, (Author)
Abstract  The philosophy of science offers two different perspectives on how empirical findings contribute to knowledge accumulation. The “law-statement” perspective interprets contributions to the extent that empirical research confirms or refutes general axioms of theory. Alternatively, the “model-theoretic” perspective recognizes contributions from models that improve scholars' ability to represent the world of managers. Management scholars often have limited awareness of the philosophical tradition underlying the model-theoretic perspective, and, consequently, useful contributions from improved models of important phenomena may be overlooked. ...Paginationp 442-454
SubjectManagementDescriptorsManagement
Journal TitleThe Academy of Management Review  
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