A postpositivist commentary on self-fulfilling theories
expectation (psychology), self-fulfilling prophecy, positivist ethics
Across the vast terrain of social and economic sciences, it is well documented and established that some theories become self-fulfilling in the sense that they shape the social reality they purport to describe (, ; ). In their recent article  highlight an important gap in this literature—that is, we do not know much about when and how theories become self-fulfilling. Reflecting on this gap, they propose a process model for self-fulfilling theories and identify six boundary conditions that determine whether a theory becomes self-fulfilling or not.
Shadnam, M. 2019. A postpositivist commentary on self-fulfilling theories. Academy of Management Review, 44(3): 684–686.
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