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The Production of Knowledge

The Challenge of Social Science Research

The Production of Knowledge by William 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 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 ownresearch 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.
OUP Oxford; April 2006
208 pages; ISBN 9780191608742
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Title: The Production of Knowledge
Author: William H. Starbuck
 
ISBNs
0191558427
9780191558429
9780191608742
9780199288533