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Implementing Interdisciplinary Paradox Research

Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Organizational Paradox: Investigating Social Structures and Human Expression, Part B

ISBN: 978-1-80117-187-8, eISBN: 978-1-80117-186-1

Publication date: 8 July 2021

Abstract

Interdisciplinary research allows us to broaden our sights and expand our theories. Yet, such research surfaces a number of challenges. We highlight three issues – superficiality, lack of focus, and consilience - and discuss how they can be addressed in interdisciplinary research. In particular, we focus on the implications for interdisciplinary work with paradox scholarship. We explore how these issues can be navigated as scholars bring together different epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies within interdisciplinary research, and illustrate our key points by drawing on extant work in paradox theory and on examples from this double volume. Our paper contributes to paradox scholarship, and to organizational theory more broadly, by offering practices about how to implement interdisciplinary research while also advancing our understanding about available research methods.

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Acknowledgments

We thank all our colleagues who engaged in this double volume with us and provided the rich array of insights that were the inspiration behind this chapter. We also thank Professor Michael Lounsbury (editor-in-chief) and the team at Emerald for their help in making this volume possible. Miguel Cunha and Jonathan Schad acknowledge support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No. 856688). Miguel Cunha also acknowledges support from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (UID/ECO/00124/2019, UIDB/00124/2020 and Social Sciences DataLab, PINFRA/22209/2016), POR Lisboa and POR Norte (Social Sciences DataLab, PINFRA/22209/2016).

Citation

Bednarek, R., e Cunha, M.P., Schad, J. and Smith, W.K. (2021), "Implementing Interdisciplinary Paradox Research", Bednarek, R., e Cunha, M.P., Schad, J. and Smith, W.K. (Ed.) Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Organizational Paradox: Investigating Social Structures and Human Expression, Part B (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 73b), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 3-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X2021000073b002

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