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Where constructionism and critical realism converge: interrogating the domain of epistemological relativism

Al-Amoudi, Ismael and Willmott, Hugh 2011. Where constructionism and critical realism converge: interrogating the domain of epistemological relativism. Organization Studies 32 (1) , pp. 27-46. 10.1177/0170840610394293

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Abstract

The paper interrogates the status, nature and significance of epistemological relativism as a key element of constructionism and critical realism. It finds that epistemological relativism is espoused by authorities in critical realism and marginalized or displaced in the field of management and organization studies, resulting in forms of analysis that are empirically, but not fully critically, realist. This evaluation prompts reflection on the question of whether, how and with what implications epistemological relativism might be recast at the heart of critical realist studies of management and organization.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Constructionism; Critical realism; Epistemology; Methodology; Ontology; Paradigms; Relativism
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0170-8406
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:31
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/22307

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