Commensurability and Collective Impact in Strategic Management Research: When Non-replicability Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Lori Rosenkopf, Management, The Wharton School

Abstract: Strategic management theories can be enhanced by considering their applicability across various actors and contexts. While much of our field’s empirical research efforts focus on specific industries and timeframes, we demonstrate the value of abstracting away from these specific settings to consider deeper, theoretically informed characteristics of these settings such as uncertainty and concentration, because these more abstract concepts make seemingly different industry-timeframe combinations commensurable. Possible extensions of this position paper include 1) An empirical test of this approach on alliance formation across industries and timeframes and 2) A workshop among field leaders and editors to incentivize individual researchers to promote commensurability for the field.