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Skillful PerformanceEnacting Capabilities, Knowledge, Competence, and Expertise in Organizations$
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Jörgen Sandberg, Linda Rouleau, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806639.001.0001

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Enacting Skillful Research Performance through Abductive Reasoning

Enacting Skillful Research Performance through Abductive Reasoning

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(p.50) 3 Enacting Skillful Research Performance through Abductive Reasoning
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Skillful Performance
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Deborah Dougherty

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806639.003.0003

Few outsiders pay attention to organization and management research, suggesting we need to enhance our skillful research performance. We are uniquely able to address grand challenges that societies face since all involve organizing, but we fail to deliver on our capabilities because we focus instead on filling small gaps in our own theories, and we use constricted notions of rigor. This chapter develops one way to enact skillful research that contributes to resolving grand challenges rather than just extending our own theories. Enacting skillful research performance relies on abductive reasoning to cycle through formulating, evaluating, and reframing rich understandings that define and resolve practical problems. The author explains how to use cycles of abductive reasoning in researching and publishing, and outline new criteria for publishing to support this enhanced enactment of skillful research performance.

Keywords:   abduction, pragmatism, publishing, research, abductive reasoning

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