Alternative Research Strategies in the Knowledge Movement: From Macro Bias to Micro-Foundations and Multi-Level Explanation
41 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2009 Last revised: 5 Mar 2009
Date Written: January 23, 2009
The emergence over the last two decades or so of knowledge as an important part of the explanatory structure of management research is an intellectual breakthrough that is comparable in terms of its transforming impact to the behavioral revolution of the 1960s. A veritable knowledge movement has emerged that spans several fields in management. I take stock on alternative research strategies with that movement, distinguishing between capabilities first, networks first and individuals first strategies. Reasons are given why more research attention need to be allocated to the latter strategy if the knowledge movement is to continue making progress, but that the aim should ultimately be to reach towards multi-level research that combines aggregate constructs with top-down processes and bottom-up processes.
Keywords: knowledge, research heuristics, micro-foundations
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