Extending the Foundations and Reach of Design Science: Further Reflections on the Role of Critical Realism

6 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2012

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K. Starkey

Nottingham University Business School

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

In his commentary on our proposal to reframe the relevance of business and management research by combining design science with critical realism (Hodgkinson and Starkey, British Journal of Management, 22 (2011), pp. 355–369), Willmott (British Journal of Management, 23 (2012), pp. 598–604) commends us for our advocacy of a social science as opposed to professional school agenda, while admonishing us for seeking to underpin the commended design science ethos with critical realism, on the grounds of ontological inconsistency and the risk of diminishing the emancipatory elements of our social usefulness agenda. In reply, we demonstrate how, in highlighting the interplay of multiple generative mechanisms within and between levels of analysis, critical realism is entirely commensurate with the design science approach advocated, and enriches rather than diminishes our overarching agenda to humanize the workplace.

Suggested Citation

Starkey, Kenneth, Extending the Foundations and Reach of Design Science: Further Reflections on the Role of Critical Realism (December 2012). British Journal of Management, Vol. 23, Issue 4, pp. 605-610, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2178848 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12001

Kenneth Starkey (Contact Author)

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

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Nottingham, NG8 1BB
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