Rather than thinking about the theory-data 'fit', Alvesson and Karreman will encourage you to consider the research process as one of theory-data interplay, asking if creative empirical material can challenge established theory and inspire new lines of development, and if breakdowns and mysteries encountered in research can be a constructive rather than destructive process.
They will encourage you to think critically about empirical data in terms of construction rather than verification, and most importantly they will encourage you to develop theory that is interesting and novel, rather than naive or irrelevant, making this title essential reading for those who often find the traditional vocabulary and frameworks of social science research obvious or simplistic.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 189 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 9 mm
Andrew H. Van de Ven
Vernon H. Heath Professor of Organizational Innovation and Change, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Thank you Mats Alvesson for an altogether engaging, sophisticated, and inspiring account of the research process and its significance. With the emergence of a social constructionist view of science, questions concerning the function of research and theory have been paramount. In this highly readable volume, we are rewarded with a rich and practically useful resolution to these problems. This is no small undertaking, and I recommend the work with enthusiasm to both seasoned academics and beginning students
Professor Kenneth J. Gergen
Swarthmore College, US
Concise, informative, and provocative... Alvesson and Karreman have not suggested abandoning qualitative research methods; they have instead offered a helpful book for when our ideas and methods break down into mysteries seeking as yet untried ideas and methods
The Qualitative Report
As these issues are at the core of the research process, they should be of interest to all researchers regardless of their discipline or stage in their career...I welcome the invitation to explore the extent to which, as a researcher, I have a personal need to place `order and control' on to the topic areas that I research. I also welcome the authors' invitation to be more creative within the research process
Dr Nina Burrowes
Social Research Association News
This book guides researchers with specific suggestions regarding the mysteries that go beyond the commonly known analysis methods. Readers can become skillful at using empirical data as input in developing theory. -- Penny Burge * Educational Review *
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