Prescriptive Theory

Peter Beech, Chris Huxham

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    Prescriptive theory seeks to set the direction for organizational actors to pursue in real organizational situations. A good prescriptive theory has to work on two levels: First, it must have effective explanatory power and be sufficiently generalizable to work as a theory; second, it must pass the test of utility in that it can make a difference in the workplace. These twin challenges mean that the development of successful prescriptive theories is particularly difficult, and this has resulted in methodological challenges and developments
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Organization Studies
    EditorsStewart R. Clegg, James R. Bailey
    Place of PublicationUnited States
    PublisherSAGE Publications
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)9781412956246
    ISBN (Print)9781412915151
    Publication statusPublished - 2008



    • prescriptive theory
    • prescriptions
    • theories
    • correlation
    • actors
    • managers
    • workplace

    Cite this

    Beech, P., & Huxham, C. (2008). Prescriptive Theory. In S. R. Clegg, & J. R. Bailey (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (pp. 1302-1303). SAGE Publications.