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Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge

Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge

Third Edition

December 2008 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

`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

The Language of Methodology
The Act of Creating Knowledge
To Become a Knowledge-Creator
The Analytical View
The Systems View
The Actors View
Methodical Procedures
Methods in Language and Action
The Analytical Approach
The Systems Approach
The Actors Approach
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

Chapter Two PDF


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