A Historical Analysis of an Academic Field
Chapter Seven: The dynamics, identity and legacies of the field 169
169 Chapter Seven: The dynamics, identity and legacies of the field When the intellectual history of the field of EA is exposed and illuminated, the need to understand its nature, content, profile and boundaries is still ahead. Thus, the concluding chapter aims at answering the questions posed in the introduction of this book, such as what comprises EA and what the core topics and types of work in the field are. In addition, it is my intention here to examine the legacies of the field arising from the field’s areas of knowledge production, as well as to suggest some plausible considerations about its unique scholarly identity. Some thoughts about the future of the field end this chapter. The dynamics of the field When we read the field’s papers, becoming familiar with a host of shifts in con- tents, authorship patterns, topics, paradigms and dominant streams of research, the intellectual vitality and development of the field are clearly seen. Thus, from a field whose members, coming from a similar demographic background (i.e., the USA), usually adhere to one conceptual framework (e.g., organisational theo- ry [Culbertson, 1988]), and prefer papers written by one author, the field has ex- panded to numerous countries, and become filled with many papers written by two, three, four and sometimes even more than five authors. From time to time, a group of international authors has contributed to the field’s knowledge produc- tion by conducting comparative international studies, a stark distinction from the field’s mode of knowledge production...
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