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Understanding research philosophy and approaches to theory development

Saunders, Mark N. K.; Bristow, Alexandra; Thornhill, Adrian and Lewis, Philip (2019). Understanding research philosophy and approaches to theory development. In: Saunders, Mark N. K.; Lewis, Philip and Thornhill, Adrian eds. Research Methods for Business Students, 8th edition. Harlow: Pearson Education, pp. 128–171.

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Abstract

By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

• define ontology, epistemology and axiology, and explain their relevance to business research;
• reflect on your own epistemological, ontological and axiological stance;
• understand the main research paradigms that are significant for business research;
• explain the relevance for business research of philosophical positions such as positivism, critical realism, interpretivism, postmodernism and pragmatism;
• reflect on and articulate your own philosophical position in relation to your research;
• distinguish between deductive, inductive, abductive and retroductive approaches to theory development.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-292-20878-3, 978-1-292-20878-7
Keywords: business research; management research; research philosophy; epistemology; ontology; axiology; research approaches; induction; deduction; abduction; retroduction
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
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Item ID: 66370
Depositing User: Alexandra Bristow
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2019 13:35
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2019 13:35
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/66370
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