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Organizational and Management Research as Social Science: How to Resolve Problems of Scientific Legitimacy?

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  • A. Selami Sargut

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A social scientific field’s growth and progress is incumbent upon its necessity, productivity, and scientific legitimacy. However, the ever-increasing influence of postmodernist perspectives has been instrumental in raising doubts as to the legitimacy of organizational and management (OM) research as a field. The damage that can be attributed to the postmodernist turn is especially evident from ontological and epistemological perspectives. The adoption of scientific realism can be beneficial in overcoming problems of ontology and epistemology. By presenting a consistent philosophy of science paradigm, scientific realism can help in overcoming the indefensible postmodernist arguments that have been prominent in the ‘science wars’, as well as solving the ontological and epistemological problems in OM research. Such a perspective can also form the basis of a new guideline for the development of new research programs in OM.

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  • A. Selami Sargut, 2012. "Organizational and Management Research as Social Science: How to Resolve Problems of Scientific Legitimacy?," Anadolu University Journal of Social Sciences, Anadolu University, vol. 12(2), pages 1-16, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:and:journl:v:12:y:2012:i:2:p:1-16
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    Keywords

    Scientific realism; ontology; epistemology; dualism; determinism;

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    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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