Pluralism, Scientific Progress and the Structure of Organization Studies

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    Abstract

    Should organization studies aspire to be a mono-paradigmatic science as argued by Pfeffer or should we pursue a strategy of unconditional pluralism by “letting thousands flower grow”? A new framework is presented that suggests that scientific progress in organization studies will best be promoted by upholding a balance between the exploitation of existing research programs and the exploration of new research programs. Too much pluralism can be as destructive for scientific progress as too little pluralism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
    PublisherInstitut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi, Handelshøjskolen i København
    Number of pages44
    ISBN (Print)8778690846
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    SeriesWorking Paper / Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy. Copenhagen Business School
    Number2002-05
    ISSN1398-7461

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    Knudsen, C. (2002). Pluralism, Scientific Progress and the Structure of Organization Studies. Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi, Handelshøjskolen i København. Working Paper / Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy. Copenhagen Business School, No. 2002-05