A Critical Rationalist Inquiry of Managerial Epistemology. Toward the Confrontation of the Unawareness Problem.

Doron Faran, D. Faran

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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Abstract

This study applies Critical Rationalism (CR), a stance associated with the philosophy of science, to solve a practical problem: management unawareness. Managers (as any other human being) hold a theory through which they explain the world and rationalize their decisions. Like any other theory, the one held by managers may be false. The problem of unawareness is a state in which the theory holder does not imagine the very possibility that the theory may be indeed false. Since managers’ theories underlie the recognition of potential problems that managers have to address (as well as the subsequent solving process), the state of unawareness prevents problem recognition, and consequently problem solving. This study confronts the problem of unawareness and overcomes it.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Groen, Aard, Supervisor
  • Wijnhoven, Fons, Advisor
Award date4 Feb 2011
Place of PublicationEnschede
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-90-365-3145-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2011

Keywords

  • METIS-275353
  • IR-76050

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