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Theory are Methods. Or are they? Methodological options for organization and management research

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Organizational Change Management

In this special issue, it is our ambition to give voice to the small minority of researchers who think that theories positively are methods, and who are willing to explore new ways of thinking of theories in management and organization studies.

The paradigmatic scope of this CFP is diverse, and we welcome submissions on topics including, yet not limited to, the following:

•    Theories as management and organization research methods
•    Theories of management and organization research
•    Methods of theorizing in management and organization research
•    Triangulations of theories, methods, and beyond
•    Theories as methods of organized critique and resistance
•    Theories as methods of change and intervention
•    Theories as programmes
•    Theory-methods of management and organization along and beyond (false) distinctions such as theory/method; theory/practice, reality, data, etc.; or method/methodology, substance, content, etc.
•    Performativity of theoretical engagement
•    Theories as conversations
•    Ritualization of theory in journal publication
•    Theory as method of and challenge for academic career design

The manuscript submission window is open from January 1st, 2019 to July 1st, 2019. Manuscripts must constitute original research and comply with the JOCM submission guidelines, see here. Please make sure you earmark your submission for special issue devoted to “Theory as Method”. Of the four special issue guest editors – Steffen Roth, Albert Mills, Dariusz Jemielniak and Bill Lee, the first one, Steffen Roth, will be the corresponding guest editor (


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