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The Principles of Knowledge Creation

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The Principles of Knowledge Creation

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

9781847204882 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Bengt Gustavsson, School of Business, Stockholm University, Sweden
Publication Date: 2008 ISBN: 978 1 84720 488 2 Extent: 304 pp
The Principles of Knowledge Creation is an essential guide to the various methods of collating, explaining and understanding research data. It provides an overview of the possibilities and opportunities that exist in the research world, and demonstrates the pluralism of scientific approaches and methods.

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The Principles of Knowledge Creation is an essential guide to the various methods of collating, explaining and understanding research data. It provides an overview of the possibilities and opportunities that exist in the research world, and demonstrates the pluralism of scientific approaches and methods.

The book explores research tools and techniques in the context of objectifying and interpreting science, and the application of critical science methods. An exhaustive range of research methods is examined by subject specialists from varied social science backgrounds, including management, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, psychology and pedagogy. They illustrate that no single knowledge creation approach can be applied to all enquiries or studies, and that different interpretations and approaches can lead to the founding of new knowledge and explanations.

This fascinating, hands-on approach promises to inspire students and researchers to experiment with new and different methods of solving their research problems. As such, it will strongly appeal to all those with an interest in research and research data within the social sciences.
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‘The uniqueness of this book lies in the fact that its contents are not forceful and prescriptive, but instead sensitize researchers to opt for whichever method is most suitable. . . It leaves the reader with useful tips on how to succeed in exploring knowledge. Interestingly, it will equally enthuse researchers from the management and the social sciences.’
– Rajeshwari Narendran, Global Business Review

‘. . . a vast array of material that would be useful in a variety of courses and projects. Recommended.’
– R.K. Murray, Choice
Contributors
Contributors: B. Bjerke, H. Corvellec, M. Frostling-Henningsson, C. Garsten, P. Guillet de Monthoux, E. Gummesson, B. Gustavsson, S. Häggqvist, P.-J. Ödman, C. Svenning, M. Sverke
Contents
Contents:

Introduction
Bengt Gustavsson

PART I: OBJECTIFYING METHODS
1. Quantitative Investigations: Design, Sampling, and Analysis
Magnus Sverke

2. Quantitative Methods: The Art of Measuring What You Want Measured
Magnus Sverke

3. Grounded Theory
Bengt Gustavsson

4. Case Study Research
Evert Gummesson

PART II: INTERPRETING METHODS
5. Hermeneutics in Research Practice
Per-Johan Ödman

6. Aesthetic Perspective: Hermeneutics of Action
Pierre Guillet de Monthoux

7. Ethnography
Christina Garsten

8. Introspection
Maria Frostling-Henningsson

PART III: CRITICAL METHODS
9. Narrative Analysis
Hervé Corvellec

10. Thought Experiments
Sören Häggqvist

PART IV: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
11. Face-to-Face Research: Interviews, Conversations and Dialogues
Björn Bjerke

12. The Internet Revolution and the Social Scientist
Conny Svenning

13. The Art of Referencing
Bengt Gustavsson

Index
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