In the last few decades practice-oriented research has become important in society as well as in the social, policy and management sciences. However, having been developed to a large extent during the second half of the last century, existing research methodology bears the marks of science in an ivory tower, focusing on knowledge for knowledge’s sake. This book argues that this shift in the context of discovery needs a follow-up in the context of justification. Whats more, we need to develop a methodology for the contexts of discovery and implementation, and for addressing ethical validity in designing and evaluating practice-oriented research. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a focus on practice-oriented research can be reconciled with the task of building theories in science.
About the Author:
Piet J.M. Verschuren is Professor of Methodology of the Management Sciences at the Nijmegen School of Management at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He has published extensively on research methodology. He is a specialist in causal modeling and evaluation research (including experimental research).
Table of Contents:
Preface; Introduction; 1. The state of the art; 2. The criterion of implementary validity; 3. N-type versus n-type research; 4. Generic models for problem solving; 5. Is practice-oriented research different?; 6. Blank spots in research methodology; 7. Disregard for ethical validity; 8. Conclusions and future developments; References