The Production of Knowledge: The Challenge of Social Science Research

Hardcover | May 24, 2006

byWilliam H. Starbuck

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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 manyresearch 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 challengesthat 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.

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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 manyresearch findings, the social shaping of research a...

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 Pa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 inPublished:May 24, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199288534

ISBN - 13:9780199288533

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Table of Contents

1. Creating Better Social Science2. A Journey into Disillusionment: Discovering Problems3. Pretences of Research4. A Journey into Hope: Discovering Partial Solutions5. The Production of Knowledge

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`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