Reasoning with Heuristics: A New Approach to Categories Theory and the Evaluation of Hybrids
Organizational Hybridity: Perspectives, Processes, Promises
ISBN: 978-1-83909-355-5, eISBN: 978-1-83909-354-8
Publication date: 7 December 2020
Our editorial argues that categories theory can be advanced by embracing heuristics research, and the insight that audiences often evaluate items based on multiple valued criteria. Thus, rather than building on extant theory – which suggests that categories embody specific evaluative criteria, or that audiences operate according to a set “theory of value” – the authors argue that hybrids research would benefit from attending to the underlying processes that actors use to weigh and balance the diverse considerations that guide their decisions. The authors define and discuss three commonly used heuristics (satisficing, lexicographic preferences, and elimination by aspects), and show how these might lead audiences to support different types of hybrid entities.
Wry, T. and Durand, R. (2020), "Reasoning with Heuristics: A New Approach to Categories Theory and the Evaluation of Hybrids", Besharov, M.L. and Mitzinneck, B.C. (Ed.) Organizational Hybridity: Perspectives, Processes, Promises (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 69), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 73-91. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20200000069004
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