Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge

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SAGE, Jan 23, 1997 - Business & Economics - 548 pages
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`This book provides a clear and concise treatment of the history and theory of scientific research... recommended for research students in business and social sciences and as a supporting text for a course on research methodology' - Business Line

A central question for all business, consulting, and research activities is what the methods, models, theories and statements that we refer to as knowledge are really about. The way in which a company is changing, a study is conducted, or the way that research is done, is to a large extent, influenced by the basic methodological approach one starts from, when considering which methods to use or develop.

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Contents

Different Attitudes Toward Methods
5
The Outline of the Book
19
What Is Science?
21
A Summarizing Analysis
36
Recommended Reading
48
Prerequisites Explanations Understanding and Results
54
More About Reality Knowledge Explaining Understanding
60
The Analytical Approach
81
A Note on Methodology Education
252
References
253
Environment
260
Systems Procedures
264
Actors Procedures
275
Mcthodics
283
The Systems Approach
294
The Actors Approach
306

Deduction Induction and Verification
91
The Relation of the Analytical Approach to its Paradigm
100
Examples of Theoretical Results From the Analytical Approach
106
Systems Environments 1
112
Systems Analysis Systems Construction and Systems Theory
119
Characteristics and Behaviors of Business Systems
126
The History and Development of the Systems Approach
133
The Relation of the Systems Approach to Its Paradigm
145
References
153
The Development of the Actors Approach
170
The Relation of the Actors Approach to Its Paradigm
184
Some Theoretical and ActionOriented Starting Points
203
References
209
Operative Paradigms
217
Some Specific Groups of Techniques
236
The Objectivity Problem
246
Applying the Three Methodological Approaches
314
Applying the Systems Approach
351
Applying the Actors Approach
379
Criticism Development and Relative View
415
Development
437
The Thematic Language of Methodology for Creating
453
An Actors Study Against a Systems Base
467
Quality in Knowledge Work
476
An Audit to Uphold the Quality of Business Knowledge
486
Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge as
516
Author Index
523
255
535
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542
About the Authors
547
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Ingeman Arbnor (1949) is a Swedish economist, Professor at the Lund University, Lund, known for his international bestseller "Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge" written with Björn Bjerke. Ingeman Arbnor was born in Sweden in 1949, and studied Economics at the Lund University. A few years, later Arbnor was appointed to his first professorial position at the Lund University. Björn Bjerke supervised the final phase of Arbnor’s doctoral work and a deep professional relation developed, resulting in their becoming coauthors. It is out of this relationship that "Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge" was born and developed. His dissertation containing what is now considered classic methodological reorientations.[1] Arbnor further worked as an entrepreneur in the field of establishing a running business training and development centers in cooperation with multinational corporations in Sweden. Among other business accomplishments, he has started a trading house, a Venture Competence Invest, and an academy for venture management education.[1] Since the 1990s, he has been a member of the expert group to the Swedish Association of Graduates in Business Administration and Economics.

Björn Bjerke was born in Sweden and got educated to PhD level at Lund University.

His research, lecturing and business consulting experience spans four decades and as many continents. Björn has held professorships at the Waikato University in New Zealand, the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, the University of Southern California and a Senior Fellowship at the National University of Singapore in Singapore.

Back in Sweden Bjerke worked for a while at the Malmö University College before going to Stockholm. At Stockholm University Bjerke has led a research group in entrepreneurship consisting of 15 junior researchers.[1] Since 2007 he is working at the Baltic Business School at the Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden.

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