Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 8: Rules of the game
Isaac Newton – a semi-modest man despite his genius – once said that, “If I have seen far, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” Pablo Picasso – not quite so modest, but just as insightfully clever – said that, “Good artists copy; great artists steal,” by which he meant that great artist’s take the essence of a good idea and transform it in their own image. I have an undeserved foot in both these august camps. I stand tippy-toed on a lot of broad shoulders to survey the mindscape of our field, but I also consider myself an equal-opportunity kleptomaniac. I will steal from anybody. Well, not exactly steal, but I am prone to borrowing the spirit of others’ wisdom and transmogrifying it for my own purposes. When I started out in the field, the whole business of publishing in the organization sciences was an intimidating if intriguing mystery. Having come from a doctoral program that did not emphasize publishing only made uncovering the arcane secrets of the process even more mysterious. Hmmm. How to begin to decipher a figurative Rosetta Stone? As a faux ethnographer, I began to ask various published scholars for their insights, their heuristics, their received wisdom, their “rules of the game” of publishing. In addition to my own colleagues, anytime a visiting scholar showed up at Penn State I’d make it my business to pick their brains (which is what I do for a living anyway – see Gioia, 2004).