Quotation Höllerer, Markus, Jancsary, Dennis, Barberio, Vitaliano, Meyer, Renate. 2020. The interlinking theorization of management concepts: Cohesion and semantic equivalence in management knowledge. Organization Studies. 41 (9), 1284-1310.




This article develops the idea of ‘interlinking theorization’ in the context of management knowledge. We explain how management concepts are theorized through their direct co-occurrence with other management concepts, on the one hand, and their embeddedness in general business vocabulary, on the other. Conceptually, we extend a semantic network approach to vocabularies and suggest both cohesion between management concepts (i.e. a clustering in bundles) and their semantic equivalence (i.e. similar patterns of connectivity to general business vocabulary indicating specific types) as core dimensions of interlinking theorization. Empirically, we illustrate and further develop our conceptual model with data collected from magazines targeting management practitioners in the Austrian public sector. Our article contributes to existing literature by extending theorization to include different kinds of relationships between management concepts and focusing on direct and indirect relations across populations of management concepts as characteristics of the overall ‘architecture’ of management knowledge.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Organization Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A+, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title The interlinking theorization of management concepts: Cohesion and semantic equivalence in management knowledge
Volume 41
Number 9
Year 2020
Page from 1284
Page to 1310
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840619856033
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840619856033


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Höllerer, Markus (Details)
Jancsary, Dennis (Details)
Barberio, Vitaliano (Details)
Meyer, Renate (Details)
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
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