Translation Theory 'Translated': Three Perspectives on Translation in Organizational Research

Arild Wæraas, Jeppe Nielsen

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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.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Management Reviews
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)236-270
StatusUdgivet - 2016


  • translation theory
  • Scandinavian institutionalism,
  • Actor-network theory,
  • knowledge_based theory