Literature review papers could be regarded as the foundation of academic research and the basis of theoretical development. It is significant for the improvement of the current theory, and the construct of the new theory. However, it is a vital challenge for scholars to write an excellent literature review paper, and it is important for them to choose a proper writing paradigm. In order to promote the academic quality of domestic review papers and enhance the depth and breadth of the application of the writing paradigm, our paper is based on the reading and analyzing of a large number of literature review papers, and comprehensively compares these paradigms from multiple perspectives. The concentrated and representative top journals of literature review papers are the Academy of Management Annals（AMA）, Academy of Management Review（AMR）, and Academy of Management Perspectives（AMP）. In addition, our paper also selects the Academy of Management Journal（AMJ）and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice（ETP）commonly recognized by the international management community. At home, the " Foreign Economics and Management” journal has the largest literature review capacity, providing scholars with a best platform for publishing management literature review papers. Therefore, our paper summarizes the writing paradigms of literature review papers in management science on the basis of papers published in AMA, AMR, AMP, AMJ, ETP and " Foreign Economics and Management” from 2010 to 2018. Our paper innovatively summarizes nine writing paradigms from the two dimensions of the research theme and theoretical contribution, and proposes the future prospects. It is of great significance to develop and improve the quality and quantity of literature review papers and enhance the innovation of indigenous research. Different writing paradigms are suitable to different research topics. Choosing an appropriate writing paradigm scientifically can achieve the best fit among the research subject, research content and writing paradigm, and greatly improve the quality and level of papers., hoping to provide some useful suggestions for scholars.
The Writing Paradigm of Literature Review Papers in Management Science
Foreign Economics & Management Vol. 41, Issue 07, pp. 137 - 152 (2019) DOI:10.16538/j.cnki.fem.2019.07.010
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Zhu Xiumei, Yang Shan. The Writing Paradigm of Literature Review Papers in Management Science[J]. Foreign Economics & Management, 2019, 41(7): 137-152.