The Ongoing Process of Building a Theory of Disruption

The Ongoing Process of Building a Theory of Disruption The easiest way to respond to the critiques and complements the other authors in this issue have written about the model of disruption would simply be to address them head on—to accept some as useful additions or corrections and to suggest that others are ill‐founded. Because this special issue of JPIM represents a unique opportunity to examine the process of theory‐building as it unfolds, however, this article is structured in a way that addresses the other scholars' suggestions in the context of a model of the process by which theory is built and improved. My hope in doing so is that this issue might not just be an examination of this particular theory of disruptive innovation but that it might also constitute a case study about theory‐building itself—a study that can help scholars of management in different fields to conceptualize how the theory‐building process is or is not at work in their domain—and how they might help the process work better. A Model of the Theory‐Building Process Some years ago in a doctoral seminar my students and I examined how communities of researchers in a variety of disciplines had cumulatively built bodies of understanding. Seeing some stunning commonalities http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Product Innovation Management Wiley

The Ongoing Process of Building a Theory of Disruption

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0737-6782
eISSN
1540-5885
DOI
10.1111/j.1540-5885.2005.00180.x
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Abstract

The easiest way to respond to the critiques and complements the other authors in this issue have written about the model of disruption would simply be to address them head on—to accept some as useful additions or corrections and to suggest that others are ill‐founded. Because this special issue of JPIM represents a unique opportunity to examine the process of theory‐building as it unfolds, however, this article is structured in a way that addresses the other scholars' suggestions in the context of a model of the process by which theory is built and improved. My hope in doing so is that this issue might not just be an examination of this particular theory of disruptive innovation but that it might also constitute a case study about theory‐building itself—a study that can help scholars of management in different fields to conceptualize how the theory‐building process is or is not at work in their domain—and how they might help the process work better. A Model of the Theory‐Building Process Some years ago in a doctoral seminar my students and I examined how communities of researchers in a variety of disciplines had cumulatively built bodies of understanding. Seeing some stunning commonalities

Journal

The Journal of Product Innovation ManagementWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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