Evidence-Based Dialectics

Morrell, K. (2012) Evidence-Based Dialectics, Organization, 19(4): 461-79

Posted: 9 Sep 2012

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Kevin Morrell

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Date Written: September 9, 2012

Abstract

‘Evidence-based policy’ and ‘evidence-based management’ are increasingly popular ways of describing the relationship between research and practice. The majority discussing the evidencebased approach have tended to be in favour: here, ‘believers’. Yet this approach has also attracted critics: ‘heretics’. Understanding of such a division can be enhanced by dialectics: a process which tries to destabilize, reconcile or transcend apparent opposites. This divide is not simply a consequence of differences relating to epistemology, but also aesthetics: a set of reactions to the world seen as art. So, to analyse this divide requires a correspondingly rich model of dialectic. Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy offers this in its account of Apolline and Dionysian responses to the world. Dialectics supports a move beyond synchronous critique, and allows speculation as to the future development of the evidence-based approach.

Suggested Citation

Morrell, Kevin, Evidence-Based Dialectics (September 9, 2012). Morrell, K. (2012) Evidence-Based Dialectics, Organization, 19(4): 461-79, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2143928

Kevin Morrell (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

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