This is an invaluable introduction for all students and researchers of management confronting a new research project. Understanding Management Research provides an overview of the principal epistemological debates in social science and how these lead to and are expressed in different ways of conceiving and undertaking organizational research
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-209) and index
Cover; Contents; Preface; Chapter 1 -- Introduction -- The Importance of Epistemology in Management Research; Chapter 2 -- Positivist Epistemology -- The Search for Foundations?; Chapter 3 -- Positivism -- The Management Mainstream?; Chapter 4 -- Conventionalist Epistemology -- The Socialization of Science?; Chapter 5 -- Postmodernist Epistemology -- Relativism Unleashed?; Chapter 6 -- Critical Theory and Management -- The Return of Rationalism and the Promise of Progress?; Chapter 7 -- Pragmatism and Critical Realism -- Transcending Descartes' Either/Or?