Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, School of Economics and Business

No 16-2015: Translation Theory ‘Translated’: Three Perspectives on Translation in Organizational Research

Arild Wæraas () and Jeppe Agger Nielsen ()
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Arild Wæraas: School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Postal: Norwegian University of Life Sciences, School of Economics and Business, P.O. Box 5003 NMBU, N-1432 Ås, Norway
Jeppe Agger Nielsen: Aalborg University, Postal: Department of Political Science, Aalborg University, Fibigerstræde 1, 9220 Aalbor

Abstract: Translation theory has proved to be a versatile analytical lens used by scholars working from different traditions. On the basis of a systematic literature review, this study adds to our understanding of the ‘translations’ of translation theory by identifying the distinguishing features of the most common theoretical approaches to translation within the organization and management discipline: actor-network theory, knowledge-based theory, and Scandinavian institutionalism. Although each of these approaches already has borne much fruit in research, the literature is diverse and somewhat fragmented, but also overlapping. We discuss the ways in which the three versions of translation theory may be combined and enrich each other so as to inform future research, thereby offering a more complete understanding of translation in and across organizational settings.

Keywords: Organizational translation; knowledge translation; actor-network theory; Scandinavian institutionalism

JEL-codes: D23; D73; Z10

51 pages, December 29, 2015

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