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Diverging and Converging: Integrative Insights on a Paradox Meta-perspective

Fairhurst, G. T., Smith, W. K., Banghart, S. G. , Lewis, M. W., Putnam, L. L., Raisch, S. & Schad, J. (2016). Diverging and Converging: Integrative Insights on a Paradox Meta-perspective. Academy of Management Annals, 10(1), pp. 173-182. doi: 10.1080/19416520.2016.1162423


Paradox theory stands at an exciting moment in organization and management theory. Scholars increasingly seek out insights about the nature and management of contradictory demands to explain a wide array of organizational phenomena across multiple levels of analysis. Our two reviews in the 2016 Academy of Management Annals attest to this growing breadth and depth, each integrating and expanding related, yet different bodies of research. Schad, Lewis, Raisch, and Smith (2016) emphasize the depth of scholarship by analyzing an increasing number of paradox studies within management science. Putnam, Fairhurst, and Banghart (2016) highlight the breadth of scholarship by comparing paradoxes that emerge from multiple theories and paradigms that embrace an interdisciplinary orientation. By drawing on distinct literatures, these two manuscripts reveal diverse insights and reflections about paradoxical demands in organizations. In this integrative reflection, we juxtapose our two review articles, surface distinct assumptions and emphases, highlight complementarities, and raise questions for future scholarship. In doing so, we hope to fuel insights toward a meta-perspective on paradox.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Academy of Management Annals on 12 April 2016, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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