What are the strength and weakness of Modernist, Neo-Modernist, Postmodernist, Reflective and Reflexive - for Organizational Theories?

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As a doctoral student, you might want to work the other way around—put the terms aside for a moment and describe to yourself, in writing, what your organizational theory is (or the one you are studying); then, after you have clearly worded it, you can start to label it with these technical term, some of which are useful and some of which are jargon, “static” in the thinking process; you will then be in a condition where you yourself can evaluate the strength and/or weakness.  No theory is weak or strong standing alone; it must be applied to a specific case.  You can't, for instance, say "Postmodernist theory is weak for organizational theories"--that is too abstract to have argumentive weight.   In history, virtually all terms are assigned after the fact:  Elizabethans certainly didn’t call themselves that; modernists, post-modernists, etc. were labeled after the fact, by critics, scholars, organizers, doctoral students like you.  I made up terms after I figured out some theories in my field, and now those terms are applied to other work.  As a doctoral student, it’s time to contribute to your field as well as absorbing what is already known.

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