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NoQuestions for James March about BTF
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1What recent developments in BTF work are you personally most excited about?
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2Why has BTF been so influential in the development of organization theory over the past 50 years?
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3What do you think the largest contribution of the BTF has been?
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4Does BTF's critique of black box approaches of organizational action still hold true today?
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5Do you think BTF has influenced mainstream disciplines (i.e., economics, psychology and sociology)? Why do you think it has or has not?
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6What directions should future work take to dive even further into the black box of organizational decision making?
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7What processes identified in the BTF (such as routine,search,attention, and others) still need further development?
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8Moving forward, what are the most important/unresolved theoretical questions that the literature that builds on BTF can tackle?
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9How might work that builds on BTF enter into a conversation with other disciplines (i.e., political science)?
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10Which areas of research have the strongest impact on management practice, and how can those be further developed?
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11Is there anything you wish you had done differently (e.g., incorporated, left out, changed) when developing BTF?
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12For future scholars seeking to develop theory as impactful as BTF, even in unrelated areas, what advice would you have?
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13After 50 years of research since BTF, is there anything you think has been proved incorrect in the original work?
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NoQuestions added by the voters on http://www.allourideas.org/interviewjimmarch
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14How is the BTF related to theories of organizational evolution and adaptation?
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15How do you imagine social science will be in 100 years from now?
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16What do you anticipate social scientists will be studying 50 years from now? Do you think the BTF will speak to those issues?
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17What do you see as the relationship between the BTF and Garbage Can Models?
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18How much of BTF was based upon your experiences in academic departments as opposed to business organizations?
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19As business schools pressure faculty to focus on incremental publications more than big ideas, how do you see the future of big theory?
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20What types of satisficing behavior do you see in academia nowadays?
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21What do you think about how the ideas of exploration and exploitation have come to be used in the management literature?
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22How does Jim see the BTF in relation to Hannan and Freeman's ecological approach?
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23If you can be young again and have billion dollars for research fund, what research do you want to do with?
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24What are the criticisms that may be made of the BTF from the point of view of Coase's (1937) analysis of the firm?
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25Tell us about your collaboration with Richard Cyert on BTF?
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26How can we add a dollar value to our research for organizations? (something similar like Schmidt and Hunter tried to do with test utility)
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27BTF theorises search as a process, but we commonly study it as an input (e.g. R&D) or output (e.g. patent). What is missed as a result?
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28With today's research tools, how would you go about theorizing and testing ideas to extend (or perhaps correct) the BTF?
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29Practitioners often write books on how they succeeded and advanced their organizations. How much can we trust these accounts?
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