Constructing Mystery: Empirical Matters in Theory Development

Mats Alvesson, Dan Kärreman

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We outline a research methodology developed around two basic elements: the active discovery and/or creation of mysteries and the subsequent solving of the mysteries. A key element is the reflexive opening up of established theory and vocabulary through a systematic search for deviations from what would be expected. given established wisdom, in empirical contexts. "Data" are seen as an inspiration for critical dialogues between theoretical frameworks and empirical work.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1265-1281
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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