Generating research questions through problematization

Alvesson, Mats and Sandberg, Jörgen (2011) Generating research questions through problematization. The Academy of Management Review, 36 2: 247-271. doi:10.5465/AMR.2011.59330882

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Author Alvesson, Mats
Sandberg, Jörgen
Title Generating research questions through problematization
Journal name The Academy of Management Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0363-7425
1930-3807
Publication date 2011-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5465/AMR.2011.59330882
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 247
End page 271
Total pages 26
Place of publication Mississippi State, MS, U.S.A.
Publisher Academy of Management
Language eng
Subject 1400 Business, Management and Accounting
1408 Strategy and Management
1405 Management of Technology and Innovation
Abstract It is increasingly recognized that what makes a theory interesting and influential is that it challenges our assumptions in some significant way. However, established ways for arriving at research questions mean spotting or constructing gaps in existing theories rather than challenging their assumptions. We propose problematization as a methodology for identifying and challenging assumptions underlying existing literature and, based on that, formulating research questions that are likely to lead to more influential theories.
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It is increasingly recognized that what makes a theory interesting and influential is that it challenges our assumptions in some significant way. However, established ways for arriving at research questions mean spotting or constructing gaps in existing theories rather than challenging their assumptions. We propose problematization as a methodology for identifying and challenging assumptions underlying existing literature and, based on that, formulating research questions that are likely to lead to more influential theories.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Topic Forum: "Theory Development".

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