Performativity of Theory, Arbitrary Conventions, and Possible Worlds: A Reality Check

Felin, Teppo and Foss, Nicolai J. (2009) Performativity of Theory, Arbitrary Conventions, and Possible Worlds: A Reality Check. Organization Science, 20 (3). pp. 676-678.

Abstract

We argue that Ferraro, Pfeffer, and Sutton build on a scientifically problematic conception of the relationship between theory and social reality. Specifically, the performativity perspective that they build on makes tenuous assumptions about the role that theories, whether true or not, play in strongly constructing social reality, but the perspective fundamentally ignores central matters related to human nature and the boundaries of possibility. We argue for a more realistic approach to theory building and social science, one that recognizes the role that true theories play in helping us understand and explain reality, but also in turn shaping that reality given this better theoretical understanding.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: performativity ; economics ; philosophy of social science
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 12:24
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 12:24
Funders: n/a
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5758

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