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Several Good Reasons For Persisting With The Idea Of Sociological Paradigms: An Exemplary Case

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Of Sociological Paradigms: An Exemplary Case
Articolo
rivista STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA
sezione Online First
titolo Several Good Reasons For Persisting With The Idea Of Sociological Paradigms: An Exemplary Case
autore
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
lingua inglese
online da 03-2018
doi 10.26350/000309_000031
issn 0039291X (stampa) | 18277896 (digitale)
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In organization studies (OS) paradigm thinking seems to have abated over the past fifteen years, notwithstanding the enduring use of the paradigm concept within the field. The purpose of this paper is to suggest that the relevance of paradigm debating to OS still remains high and should be cultivated. To this aim, the paper begins by returning to some key points in the first-wave discussions on the paradigm idea, which followed the publication of Burrell and Morgan’s seminal work. Next, it briefly outlines the present state of the art, by distinguishing three different broad positions in recent attempts to re-launch or re-articulate – or to bring closure to – the paradigm debate, with particular regard to the main controversy surrounding it, i.e. the incommensurability issue. Thereafter, in what is intended as the key part of the paper, a set of topic areas are identified in which paradigm thinking can provide significant contributions to contemporary OS.

keywords

Paradigm, Paradigm thinking, Incommensurability, Multiparadigm studies, Theoretical development, Organization studies.