Moving towards a geocentric, polycultural theory of organizational paradox

Keller, J. & Lewis, M. W. (2016). Moving towards a geocentric, polycultural theory of organizational paradox. Cross Cultural and Strategic Management, 23(4), pp. 551-557. doi: 10.1108/CCSM-06-2016-0124

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper comments on “Global implications of the indigenous epistemological system from the east” (Li, 2016), which provides an indigenous Chinese perspective on organizational paradox. Li introduces Yin-Yang balancing as an epistemological system that can help scholars examine and practitioners manage paradoxes. In this commentary, the purpose of this paper is to discuss the merits of Yin-Yang balancing and how this approach and other indigenous theories might enrich organizational paradox theory.

Design/methodology/approach
The authors provide a commentary and suggestions for future research. The authors distinguish between Yin-Yang balancing as a normative theory, a meta-theory and a lay theory. The authors encourage both geocentrism and polycentrism as goals for future paradox research, enabling attention to the diversity of ideas across and within varied cultures.

Originality/value
The commentary connects Yin-Ying balancing with extant research on organizational paradox.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Theory development, Paradox, East Asia, Indigenous knowledge
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/17871

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