Pragmatism and heterodoxy in organization research

Mihaela Kelemen (Keele Management School, Keele University, Newcaster under Lyme, UK)
Nick Rumens (Management, Bristol University, Bristol, UK)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Publication date: 9 March 2012



The aim of this special issue is to bring together contributions from diverse perspectives interested in challenging the quantitative/qualitative divide within organisation and management research.


The papers in this special issue explore at a methodological or paradigmatic level (rather than at the level of particular research methods) the possible ways in which different research methodologies converge, diverge and overlap. Rather that asking questions about the validity and intrinsic value of certain methodologies, we are encouraged to shift gear towards assessing how useful these methodologies are in terms of carrying us from the world of practice to theory and vice‐versa. If methodologies help us to progress our thinking and our practices, they are “true” in a pragmatist sense. If they stall our thinking and do not influence in any way our practices, then they are probably untrue.


It is hoped that the papers presented in this special issue help us process our ideas and experiences in a progressive way, towards finding better, more robust ways of approaching our research practices.


Of course, it is for the reader to decide if this project has made an impact on their own thinking and practical endeavour but we remain convinced that the dichotomy between quantitative and qualitative methodologies is not productive and must be abandoned in favour of a heterodox and more pragmatic approach to methodology.



Kelemen, M. and Rumens, N. (2012), "Pragmatism and heterodoxy in organization research", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 5-12.

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