Two Strategies for Inductive Reasoning in Organizational Research

Mikko Ketokivi, Saku Mantere

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Abstract

Incompleteness of inductive reasoning presents an enduring dilemma to organizational research. We examine two practical reasoning strategies—idealization and contextualization—that can be used at the pinnacle of this dilemma: when theoretical conclusions are drawn from empirical data. Understanding the two strategies can lead to more effective argumentation and evaluation.
Appreciating the methodological incompleteness of both strategies in turn helps us distinguish between the methodological and the policy dimensions of organization-scientific debates.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalAcademy of Management Review
Volume35
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)315-333
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • STORIES
  • SCIENCE
  • OPPORTUNITIES
  • EXPLANATION
  • RETHINKING
  • CONSTRUCTS
  • DISCOVERY
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • ECONOMICS
  • MYSTERY
  • KOTA2010

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