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Toward a Social Science Philosophy of Organization Development and Change

Research in Organizational Change and Development

ISBN: 978-1-78973-554-3, eISBN: 978-1-78973-553-6

ISSN: 0897-3016

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Abstract

This chapter informs current research and practice in organization development and change (ODC) with an actionable knowledge of the social science philosophies. It adds value to the scholarship of ODC by charting the progression of philosophies of social science, by showing how researchers in ODC structure their inquiry based on the inherent philosophical dimensions, and by offering useful and actionable knowledge for research and practice. The aim of the chapter is to reflect on the practice of ODC as a social science and to consolidate its social science philosophies so to provide solid philosophical and methodological foundations for the field.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgments

We acknowledge the support of Debra Noumair and the anonymous reviewer who provided valuable critique in the development of this chapter.

Citation

Coghlan, D., Shani, A.B.(. and Hay, G.W. (2019), "Toward a Social Science Philosophy of Organization Development and Change", Research in Organizational Change and Development (Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0897-301620190000027003

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