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The Importance of Objectivity and Falsification in Management Science

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  • JS Armstrong

    (The Wharton School)

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In general, I thought that the Boal and Willis “Note on the Armstrong/Mitroff Debate” 1 provided an interesting and fair discussion. 2 The summary of the consequences of the subjective versus objective approaches (Table 1 in their paper) was helpful. It clearly outlined the dilemma faced by scientists: “Should I strive for personal gain or for scientific contributions?” It also described what is likely to happen to the theories generated from the subjective and objective approaches. For example, the authors claimed that the subjective approach will yield a fuller hearing for a theory.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series General Economics and Teaching with number 0502055.

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Length: 3 pages
Date of creation: 11 Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpgt:0502055

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Keywords: objectivity; falsification; management science; publication;

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  1. JS Armstrong, 2005. "Research on Scientific Journals: Implications for Editors and Authors," General Economics and Teaching 0502059, EconWPA.
  2. J. Scott Armstrong, 1979. "Advocacy and Objectivity in Science," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 25(5), pages 423-428, May.
  3. JS Armstrong, 2005. "Barriers to Scientific Contributions: The Author’s Formula," General Economics and Teaching 0502057, EconWPA.
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