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Misunderstanding metatheorizing
Business School, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia.
2014 (English)In: Systems research and behavioral science, ISSN 1092-7026, E-ISSN 1099-1743, Vol. 31, no 6, p. 720-744Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Metatheorizing is an important but generally poorly understood genre of social science inquiry that has particular relevance to systems research. In this paper, I define and present the major characteristics of metatheoretical research, discuss why it is neglected as a form of research and how it is often misunderstood and inadequately represented in the systems and management science literature. I illustrate the discussion with some examples of misunderstanding of metatheorizing from the systems science literature. I also make some recommendations for how researchers can improve their own metatheorizing and so, hopefully, help this important form of research become more widely acknowledged and critically appreciated.

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2014. Vol. 31, no 6, p. 720-744
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Chaordic systems thinking, Creative holism, George Ritzer, Integrative pluralism, Metatheorizing, Behavioral research, Systems thinking, Management science
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-32185DOI: 10.1002/sres.2203ISI: 000344783500006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84912051693OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-32185DiVA, id: diva2:1044054
Available from: 2016-11-01 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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