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Review and theory symbiosis : An introspective retrospective

Leidner, Dorothy E. LU (2018) In Journal of the Association of Information Systems 19(6). p.552-567
Abstract

This paper presents a polylithic framework of review and theory development (RTD) papers. Based upon a reflective analysis of review papers that I have written, read, and/or reviewed, I build a framework suggesting four types of RTD papers: organizing reviews, assessing reviews, specific-theorizing reviews, and broad-theorizing reviews. The four types vary according to the research focus and research objectives, with research focus ranging from primarily description to the identification of gaps, and research objective ranging from primarily synthesizing to primarily theorizing. The framework and accompanying discussion are intended to provide scholars a perspective of the different ways that theory development and review papers... (More)

This paper presents a polylithic framework of review and theory development (RTD) papers. Based upon a reflective analysis of review papers that I have written, read, and/or reviewed, I build a framework suggesting four types of RTD papers: organizing reviews, assessing reviews, specific-theorizing reviews, and broad-theorizing reviews. The four types vary according to the research focus and research objectives, with research focus ranging from primarily description to the identification of gaps, and research objective ranging from primarily synthesizing to primarily theorizing. The framework and accompanying discussion are intended to provide scholars a perspective of the different ways that theory development and review papers intersect. The paper proposes criteria to help evaluate the quality of RTD papers and provides suggestions to authors on how to craft RTD papers.

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Literature review, Review, Theorizing, Theory development, Typology
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Journal of the Association of Information Systems
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19
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16 pages
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Association for Information Systems
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1536-9323
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10.17705/1jais.00501
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English
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  author       = {Leidner, Dorothy E.},
  issn         = {1536-9323},
  keyword      = {Literature review,Review,Theorizing,Theory development,Typology},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {552--567},
  publisher    = {Association for Information Systems},
  series       = {Journal of the Association of Information Systems},
  title        = {Review and theory symbiosis : An introspective retrospective},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.17705/1jais.00501},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2018},
}