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Reasons and Rationalizations: The Limits to Organizational Knowledge

Chris Argyris

Abstract

What is the purpose of social science and management research? Do scholars/researchers have a responsibility to generate insights and knowledge that are of practical (implementable) value and validity? We are told we live in turbulent and changing times, should this not provide an important opportunity for management researchers to provide understanding and guidance? Yet there is widespread concern about the efficacy of much research: These are some of the puzzles/pressing problems which are addressed in this short book. This book questions many of the assumptions of organizational theory and ... More

Keywords: social science, management research, practical value, validity, efficacy, consultants, researchers, Enron

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268078
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268078.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Argyris, author
James Bryant Conant Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, and a Director of the Monitor Group, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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