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Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge
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Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge

Third Edition


December 2008 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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`Arbnor and Bjerke's deep insight into theory construction and their honest appraisal of knowledge creation makes this edition absolutely essential for business scholars. I recommend this book to scholars in any area of business seeking a more thoughtful and useful understanding of research methodology' - Morgan Miles, Professor of Marketing, Georgia Southern University

`These are two authors on top of their game, using their vast experience and depth of knowledge to present a complex topic in a framework which is understandable and usable by anyone doing academic research. This third edition will ensure that this book remains the essential read for social science researchers' - David Carson, Professor of Marketing, University of Ulster

Arbnor and Bjerke's best-selling text, first published in 1997, remains unrivalled; both in its contemporary relevance to research methodology, and in its coverage of the interplay between the philosophy of science, methodology and business. The authors make an in-depth examination into the circularity of knowledge and its foundations and analyze the repercussions for business, research and consulting. Where knowledge is a competitive necessity understanding its foundations is a necessity.

The Third Edition has been updated to be even more relevant to the contemporary interests of business knowledge. Additional extras include:

- Several more examples are included, plus previous examples have been updated

- Improved illustrations and diagrams

- Revised presentation makes the book easier to use

- Useful summaries of the key points and concepts to aide accessibility

- Points of reflection allow the reader to further their thinking on the topics

- A glossary of terms

- A teacher's manual which can be requested from the book's website

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
 
The Language of Methodology
 
The Act of Creating Knowledge
 
To Become a Knowledge-Creator
 
PART TWO: THREE METHODOLOGICAL VIEWS
 
The Analytical View
 
The Systems View
 
The Actors View
 
PART THREE: METHODOLOGY
 
Methodical Procedures
 
Methods in Language and Action
 
Methodics
 
PART FOUR: APPROACHING METHODOLOGY
 
The Analytical Approach
 
The Systems Approach
 
The Actors Approach
 
PART FIVE: METHODOLOGY OF COMPLEMENTARITY
 
The Views as Transformative Operators
 
Three Cases - Knowledge of Complementarity
 
Methodology as Business Creating Intelligence

First chapter is adopted as essential reading.

Mr Christian Lystbaek
Institute of Business and Technology, Aarhus University
April 11, 2011

not a perfect fit

Dr Alf Steinar Sætre
Industrial Economics & Technology Mgt, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
February 24, 2011

Arbnor's and Bjerke's book is already published as a third edition, and
the book is very much focusing on qualitat. methods.
However, if I simply think about the course requirements and the students who participate on my course,
more information on quantitat. would be needed. This book might be a good one for PhD students, but my course is tailored for master's degree students only.

Professor Juha Kansikas
Business Administration , Jyväskylä University
November 15, 2009

A very good text to recommend for students working on their bachelor's and master's theses. Gives a nice simple to understand overview.

Mathias Höglund
Management , Swedish School of Economic & Business Admin
November 12, 2009

An excellent resource; much needed.

Professor Darren Dalcher
National Centre for Project Management, Middlesex University
October 4, 2009

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