Handbook of Middle Management Strategy Process Research
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Handbook of Middle Management Strategy Process Research

Edited by Steven W. Floyd and Bill Wooldridge

The premise of this volume is that the complex social processes that animate strategic decisions involve not only top-level executives, but also middle managers distributed throughout the organization. Designed for doctoral students and others interested in middle managers and strategy process, the Handbook integrates the threads of scholarly work in this domain and charts a course for future research. Chapters are written both by scholars who have ‘paved the way’ for the middle management perspective and scholars who have done recent, cutting edge research from this point of view.
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Chapter 8: Developing theory about the development of theory

Henry Mintzberg

Abstract

This chapter provides a unique perspective on how to develop new theory. The chapter begins by describing what theory is not: it is not true, objective, or deductive. From there, the chapter explores what theory and theory development might actually be. In the most expansive section, the chapter articulates 20 points that constitute a unique approach to developing theory. These 20 points constitute a a rich set of observations on theory building that are more interesting and relevant than they are rigorous or tested.

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