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The Case for Formal Theory
Academy of Management Review (forthcoming) (2009)
  • Ron Adner
  • Laszlo Polos
  • Michael D Ryall, Melbourne Business School
  • Olav Sorenson, University of Toronto

This special topic forum contains seven papers that illustrate many of the ways in which management researchers can use formal tools—mathematical methods, simulation, and formal logic—to develop management research. Here we offer an overview of these methods and their advantages as tools for theory building.

  • Management theory,
  • formal approaches
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Ron Adner, Laszlo Polos, Michael D. Ryall, and Olav Sorenson. "The Case for Formal Theory" Academy of Management Review 34:2 (2009): 201 - 208 Available at: