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As a distinctive highlight GRONEN 2012 will feature a theory development workshop entitled “What constitutes a theoretical contribution?” held by Prof David Whetten of the Marriott school of Management at Brigham Young University. This workshop offers participants with the unique opportunity to benefits from the knowledge of one of the most distinguished management theory scholars. During a 3 hour workshop David Whetten will provide guidance to the development of theory in the field of management.

David Whetten describes his workshop as follows:

“Since focusing AMR on theory development in 1989, during my editorship, I have continued to explore how theory is and can best be used within our field. This workshop examines the distinctive domain of theory, different kinds of theory, ways to make theoretical contributions. You will then be guided through a middle-range theory development exercise using your ‘favorite concept’.”

Short bio of David A. Whetten


David A. Whetten is the Jack Wheatley Professor of Organizational Studies and Director of the Faculty Development Center at Brigham Young University. Prior to joining BYU in 1994 he was on the faculty at the University of Illinois for 20 years, where he served as Harry Gray Professor of Business Administration, Director of the Office of Organizational Research, and Associate Dean of the College of Commerce,

He has over 85 publications in scholarly outlets, mainly on the subjects of inter-organizational relations, organizational effectiveness, organizational decline, organizational identity and identification, theory development, and management education. His pioneering and award-winning management text, Developing Management Skills, co-authored with Kim Cameron, is in its eighth edition. He also served as editor of the Foundations for Organizational Science, an academic book series, and the Academy of Management Review. He has served on the editorial boards of 15 professional journals.

In 1991 he was elected an Academy of Management Fellow, he received the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award in 1994, and in 2004 he received the Academy of Management OMT Division Distinguished Scholar award. In addition, he served as President of the Academy of Management in 2000. In 2009 he was awarded the JMI Distinguished Scholar award by the Western Academy of Management and the BYU Marriott School Distinguished Scholar award.