TITLE

TWO STRATEGIES FOR INDUCTIVE REASONING IN ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH

AUTHOR(S)
KETOKIVI, MIKKO; MANTERE, SAKU
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Academy of Management Review;Apr2010, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p315
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Incompleteness of inductive reasoning presents an enduring dilemma for organizational researchers. We examine two practical reasoning strategies--idealization and contextualization--that can be used at the pinnacle of this dilemma: when theoretical conclusions are drawn from empirical data. Understanding the two strategies can lead to more effective argumentation and evaluation. Appreciating the methodological incompleteness of both strategies, in turn, helps us distinguish between the methodological and the policy dimensions of organization-scientific debates.
ACCESSION #
48463336

 

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