Pluralist Project Research: Drawing on Critical Systems Thinking to Manage Research Across Paradigms

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Copenhagen Business School Press
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Chapter
Citation:
Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational, 2013, 1, pp. 452 - 471
Issue Date:
2013-01
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Pluralist research has been widely acclaimed as providing benefits that research which relies on a single technique, methodology or paradigm, cannot. However, there are very few examples of project management research which attempt to bridge methodological or paradigmatic divides. This chapter draws on the field of Critical Systems Thinking, a field of research which has a long history of exploring how approaches to managing research can be combined in practice, to explore opportunities to enrich project management research. Of particular significance in developing the discussion of pluralism in project management research are: clearly distinguishing the level to which a research approach belongs within a paradigm; Reed's four strategies for combining methodologies; the oblique use of methods; Grafting and Embedding; and the more general cases of pluralism in Series or Parallel.
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