Contextualizing research: putting context back into organizational behavior research

Charmine E.J. Härtel, Jennifer M. O'Connor

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Contextualizing organizational behavior research means considering the influence of context and illuminating how context influences organizational behavior. In this article, we examine the field of organizational behavior against the criteria of contextualized research, finding it comes up short. We discuss the influences of context and contextual influences and identify ways to contextualize organizational behavior research. We provide examples of contextualized research and outline future directions for contextualized organizational behavior research. Lastly, we issue a call and urge scholars to take up the challenge of putting context back into their organizational behavior research and opening new research pathways and innovative theory for examining organization behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-422
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Management and Organization
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Comparative research
  • Contextualization
  • Culture social context
  • Organizational context
  • Trends in organizational behavior

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