Quotation Delmestri, Giuseppe, Wezel, Filippo Carlo, Goodrick, Elizabeth, Washington, Marvin. 2020. The Hidden Paths of Category Research: Climbing new heights and slippery slopes. Organization Studies.




Category research has flourished over the last decade. While this body of work has prioritized the behavioral and economic consequences of stable classification systems, the papers in this special issue challenge this orientation by highlighting the importance of category dynamics for improving our understanding of markets and fields. We show how these papers support the emergence of category maintenance, the recategorization of mature categories, and the consolidation of new categories as understudied phenomena and as the next research challenges to pursue. After connecting the main findings of the papers in this special issue into a unified process model, we discuss various alternative pathways to further explore those challenges. We also point to how this theoretical endeavor runs on slippery slopes and might lead to cul-de-sacs such as terminological balkanization. We conclude by highlighting the need for developing a more comprehensive understanding of category dynamics.


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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 Hidden Paths of Category Research: Climbing new heights and slippery slopes
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0170840620932591
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840620932591
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0170840620932591


Delmestri, Giuseppe (Details)
Goodrick, Elizabeth (Florida Atlantic University, United States/USA)
Washington, Marvin (University of Alberta, Canada)
Wezel, Filippo Carlo (Universita' della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland)
Institute for Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
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