Doing Critical Management Research
`Alvesson and Deetz rehearse the arguments against neo-positivism and quantitative research very effectively... also make the important distinction between qualitative work in general and critical qualitative work in particular. The arguments here feel fresh and engaged, helped along by numerous illustrations and examples from particular research studies. ...a welcome antidote to the majority of methodology books, especially in a climate where research - especially at doctoral level- is increasingly prone to standardization. The value of the book in this regard cannot be overestimated, because it draws together insights and arguments. ...expect it to be widely read and cited, and to remain the standard text on critical management research practice for a good many years to come. This is an excellent text which combines a very impressive coverage of the literature while showing great care and thought in exposition' - Management Learning
Providing a detailed discussion of the practice of doing critical research in organizations, utilizing both qualitative research processes and critical theories of organizations, this textbook will be essential for all those involved in interpreting and researching contemporary institutions and organizations. This volume gives an authoritative and insightful framework for navigating critical theories and methods across the social sciences, but in particular in relation to the study of corporate organizations.
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Critical social science All research is, in a sense, critical. The rule is that one
does not accept any claims without careful monitoring of the reasons and other
kinds of support for them. Critical checking of flaws and errors are a vital part of
social. science. research. perspectives. As Burrell and Morgan (1979) developed
at length, all social research takes place out of a background set of ontological,
epistemological and axiological assumptions. These provide takenfor-granted ...
Modern philosophy of science, particularly as practised in the social sciences,
overcompensated for the fear of the medieval authority of the church, rhetoric
over reason, and the ideological bases of knowledge; in doing so, it became an ...
Enabling useful responses Theories in everyday life as well as in social science
have a pragmatic motive. While this may often be covered up with claim of
universal truth, the choice is always of this truth versus that one, this 'what' versus
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3 Critical overview of quantitative and conventional qualitative methodology
critical theory and postmodernism
5 New rules for research
6 A framework for critical research
7 Developing critical sensitivity in management research