The Production of Knowledge: The Challenge of Social Science Research

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The Production of Knowledge: The Challenge of Social Science Research

by William H. Starbuck

Oxford University Press | May 24, 2006 | Hardcover

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Bill Starbuck has been one of the leading management researchers over several decades. In this book he reflects on a number of challenges associated with management and social science research - the search for a ''behavioral science'', the limits of rationality, the unreliability of many research findings, the social shaping of research agendas, cultures and judgements. It is an engaging, chronologically structured account in which he discusses some of his own research projects and various methodological debates. This is a feisty argument from someone who has been fully engaged with all aspects of research - carrying out research programmes, evaluating research, tirelessly questioning the assumptions and claims of social science research, and never avoiding the awkward theoretical or practical challenges that face organizational researchers. Well written, provocative and unusual, this quasi autobiographical account will inform and entertain, and be a valuable guide to current and future research students.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 in

Published: May 24, 2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0199288534

ISBN - 13: 9780199288533

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The Production of Knowledge: The Challenge of Social Science Research

by William H. Starbuck

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 in

Published: May 24, 2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0199288534

ISBN - 13: 9780199288533

About the Book

Bill Starbuck has been one of the leading management researchers in the United States over several decades. In this book he reflects on a number of challenges associated with management and social science research--the search for a "behavioral science," the limits of rationality, the lack of< br> reliability in many research findings, the social shaping of research agendas, cultures and judgements. It is an engaging, autobiographical account in which he discusses some of his own research and various methodological debates.

Table of Contents

1. Creating Better Social Science 2. A Journey into Disillusionment: Discovering Problems 3. Pretences of Research 4. A Journey into Hope: Discovering Partial Solutions 5. The Production of Knowledge

From the Publisher

Bill Starbuck has been one of the leading management researchers over several decades. In this book he reflects on a number of challenges associated with management and social science research - the search for a ''behavioral science'', the limits of rationality, the unreliability of many research findings, the social shaping of research agendas, cultures and judgements. It is an engaging, chronologically structured account in which he discusses some of his own research projects and various methodological debates. This is a feisty argument from someone who has been fully engaged with all aspects of research - carrying out research programmes, evaluating research, tirelessly questioning the assumptions and claims of social science research, and never avoiding the awkward theoretical or practical challenges that face organizational researchers. Well written, provocative and unusual, this quasi autobiographical account will inform and entertain, and be a valuable guide to current and future research students.

About the Author

William H. Starbuck is Professor in Residence, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. Author of numerous articles on a wide-ranging set of issues relating to organizational behavior and strategy, he is also a former editor of Administrative Science Quarterly and co-editor of The Handbook of Organizational Design (with Paul Nystrom, OUP, 1981).

Editorial Reviews

`In a fascinating account of his 40 years of investigation and learning, Bill Starbuck presents an original, razor-sharp and often devastating critique of our vast body of organizational research. He also plots the route to a better way to create useful, cumulative knowledge of organizations, This book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to study organizations and it will become a classic in our literature.'' Danny Miller, Rogers-J.-A.-Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal
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