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Title: Research methods and methodologies for studying organisational learning
Authors: Nyame-Asiamah, F
Patel, NV
Keywords: Research methods; Organisational learning; OL Research Methods Framework; Ethnography
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: EMCIS 2009
Citation: Proceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS2009). Crowne Plaza Hotel, Izmir, 13-14 July 2009
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to compare and evaluate the main research methods and methodologies for studying organisational learning (OL), and propose a framework for their selection. It presents a comprehensive review of literature on OL, learning organisation (LO) and research methods and reports evidence on recent developments in research methods for studying OL. The paper highlighted on the purists and pragmatists’ views of research methodologies as basis of the study. The results revealed that the research methods and methodologies for studying OL do not reflect on the differing views of the purists and pragmatists’ debate but rather conform to the convergence ideologies of the two camps. Particularly, the outcomes augment the use of triangulation and suggest that the choice of method(s) should be consistent with research aims and epistemological philosophy of OL. Consequently, the study recommends OL Research Methods Framework as a useful guide for selecting a suitable approach in the area. The paper recommends ethnography for future research consideration.
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