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Chapter 4 Research Philosophy and Paradigm

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-88-3-3232

ISBN: 978-1-910158-88-3

Published: September 2016

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Published in: Research Methods for Accounting and Finance

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In most peer-reviewed settings a claim to contribution is central to the evaluation of your research. It is therefore good practice to outline the philosophical orientation of your research and this requires that you address the particular relationship between ontology, epistemology, methodology, data gathering techniques and data analysis approaches. This chapter sets out definitions of these five key concepts, shows how they inter-relate and reviews common configurations in management and organizational research. Further, the chapter introduces the Method Map as a means of presenting a succinct, yet comprehensive account of the paradigm within which your research is conducted. In so doing, the chapter offers a clear, structured and explicit means of dealing with the philosophy of knowledge.

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MacIntosh, K.D.O.R. (2016) "Chapter 4 Research Philosophy and Paradigm" In: Paterson, A., Leung, D., Jackson, W.(., MacIntosh, R. & O'Gorman, K.D. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-910158-88-3-3232


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