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Towards evidence-based practice: Paradigms as heuristics

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The purpose of this paper is to develop a conception of paradigms in research as heuristics of research. After having reviewed recent discussions about incommensurability between research paradigms, I argue that the concept of research paradigm should not be considered as a fixed set of assumptions organized into individual schools of thought but rather should be considered as invitations to critical reflection on the logic and limits of particular approaches to organizational research, i.e. as heuristics that open up new questions and possible vistas for further research. The paper sketch three heuristic structures of research paradigms; inference, narrative and demarcation. These structures allow paradigmatic reflection to be actively situating research into the continuous production of knowledge. The ultimate job of paradigms as heuristics, then, is to help us see how it is reasonable to go on in research and related practices.
TitelProceedings of the 17th european conference on research methodology for business and management studies
Redaktører Paola Demartini, Michela Marchiori
Antal sider6
Udgivelsesårjul. 2018
ISBN (trykt)978-1-911218-92-0
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-911218-93-7
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2018
Begivenhed17th European conference on research methodology for business and management - University TRE, Rom, Italien
Varighed: 11 jul. 201814 jul. 2018
Konferencens nummer: 17


Konference17th European conference on research methodology for business and management
LokationUniversity TRE


  • research methodology, paradigm, Heuristics

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