The other week Markus, Linda and Mark had their paper “A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH: HOW EXTREME CONTEXT RESEARCH MATTERS FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION STUDIES” accepted for publication in Academy of Management Annals. It has been a long process but nevertheless very rewarding. Hopefully it will also make an important contribution to management and Organization studies.
The pre-print is available here: http://annals.aom.org/content/early/2017/10/06/annals.2016.0017
Organization scholarship has seen an escalation of interest in research into extremes. Comprising several interconnected domains, this growing body of research is decidedly fragmented. This fragmentation risks limiting its potential for advancing management and organization studies. Drawing on 138 articles published in top-tier journals between 1980 and 2015, the purpose of this review is to resolve some of this fragmentation by sharpening definitions and by developing a context-specific typology to help differentiate between contributions from research into risky contexts, emergency contexts, and disrupted contexts. Doing so allows us to let the various literatures speak to each other, and to outline ways to enhance the cumulative potential of extreme context research.