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Title: The diving bell and the butterfly: the need for grounded theory in developing a knowledge-based view of organizations.
Authors: Sousa, Célio Alberto Alves
Hendriks, Paul H. J.
Keywords: Grounded theory
Grounded theory vis-à-vis qualitative research methods
Knowledge
Knowledge work
Academic research management
University research work
Knowledge-based view of organizations
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Organizational Research Methods
Citation: Sousa, C. A. A., & Hendriks, P. H. J. (2006). The diving bell and the butterfly: the need for grounded theory in developing a knowledge-based view of organizations. Organizational Research Methods, vol.9, n.º 3, 315-338.
Abstract: This article addresses the methodology that can be applied when researching the field of academic research management, in which the adoption of a knowledge-based view (KBV) is especially appropriate. In particular, it discusses whether the adoption of a grounded theory approach (GTA) in this type of research is justifiable, given the contested character of the KBV constituents. GTA, so it is argued, is especially useful for investigating such a field because of three interrelated arguments: (a) that KBV and related debates provide insufficient theoretical guidance, (b) that the research managers’ experience and viewpoints should form the basis of theory development and relevancy, and (c) that the concepts of knowledge and management are obscure. Adopting a GTA does not completely remove the KBV perspective from the methodological discussions. Instead, it may be useful for modifying the GTA outcomes, thus engendering theoretical plausibility, applicability, and credibility.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11328/405
ISSN: Online ISSN: 1552-7425; Print ISSN: 1094-4281
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