EMERGING QUESTIONS

 

Bases of Comparison

Theoretical considerations, problems and solutions

Methodological considerations, problems and solutions

Context

 

 

 

Lifestages

 

 

 

Type

 

 

 

-            Why is a comparative approach needed?

-          What is exemplar extant work on a comparative approach?

-          What is a comparative organizations approach?

-         Can we develop a coherent metatheory of comparative organizations? 

-          What criteria do we have for comparing organizations across “types” (hospital, for-profit enterprise etc)? Across contexts? Across lifestages?

-          What can we learn, for example, from the levels of analysis literature? From cross-cultural research?

-     What makes a ______ organization unique? 

-          What are the important dimensions of these organizations that distinguish them? How is public different from private? 

-          What are the differences between social forms such as social movements or community and organizations? 

-          How can we meaningfully measure/analyze difference and similarity? 

-          What concepts are most central to a comparative perspective?

-          Where did Weber and other comparative scholars leave things off?

-          What theoretical approaches best address comparative questions?

-          What can be learned and imported from comparative analysis in international management?

-          What extant theoretical and empirical approaches show promise?

-          What are the methodological and empirical implications of a comparative approach?

-          What types of comparisons can be made in terms of different organizational lifestages?

-          What types of comparisons can be made in terms of different organizational contexts?

-          What is the role of markets in this discussion?

-          What are some of the obstacles that might impede the development of a comparative approach?

      -         What are the differences between social forms such as social movements or community and         

            organizations?