From blue sky research to problem solving: A philosophy of science theory of new knowledge production

Martin Kilduff, Ajay Mehra, Mary Dunn

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Abstract

We examine rationalized logics developed within discourses of the philosophy of science for implications for the organization of new knowledge. These logics, derived from a range of philosophies (structural realism, instrumentalism, problem solving, foundationalism, critical realism) offer alternative vocabularies of motive, frameworks for reasoning, and guidelines for practice. We discuss the kinds of knowledge produced, the indicators of progress, the characteristic methods, exemplar organizations, and ways in which logics are combined and diffused.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-317
Number of pages21
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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