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

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    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
    Number of pages31
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2011
    EventOrganization Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference, OLKC 2011 - Hull, UK
    Duration: 12 Apr 201114 Apr 2011


    ConferenceOrganization Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference, OLKC 2011
    OtherApril 12-14 2011


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

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