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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


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.

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.

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

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Theory development, Paradox, East Asia, Indigenous knowledge
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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