A critical rationalist approach to organizational learning: Testing the theories held by managers

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    Abstract

    The common wisdom is that Popper's critical rationalism, a method aimed at knowledge validation through falsification of theories, is inadequate for managers in organizations. This study falsifies this argument in three phases: first, it specifies the obstructers that prevent the method from being employed; second, the critical rationalist method is adapted for strategic management purposes; last, the method and the hypotheses are tested via action research. Conclusions are that once the obstructers are omitted the method is applicable and effective.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages1-31
    Number of pages31
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2011

    Keywords

    • Epistemology
    • Organizational learning
    • IR-76560
    • Action Research
    • Critical rationalism
    • Theory-of-action

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