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Journal Issue
Volume 2 Issue 1 / Jul 2003  pp1‑77

Editor: Frank Bannister

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A Critique of Using Grounded Theory as a Research Method  pp1‑10

George Allan

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Supporting information literacy for starting MBAs through action research  pp11‑20

Ann Brown, Martin Rich, Clive Holtham

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Gender disparity in organisation and the resultant human resource mismanagement: A case analysis  pp21‑36

Ronald B. Crawford

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Inductive theory generation: A grounded approach to business inquiry  pp37‑44

David Douglas

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Getting results from online surveys — Reflections on a personal journey  pp45‑52

Rachel A. McCalla

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Knowledge management: A critical investigation  pp53‑60

Stephen K. Probert

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Discourse analysis and complex adaptive systems: Managing variables with attitudes  pp61‑68

Charl Walters, Roy Williams

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Abstract

There have been long‑standing debates about the relative values of quantitative vs. qualitative research, and of positivism vs. critical theory in management studies. In this paper we discuss the value of discourse theory and the tools of discourse analysis in the context of complex adaptive systems theory, which can usefully be seen as a synthesis of the thesis of modernism and the antithesis of post‑modernism. Discourse' has been developed and used in several disciplines, to interesting effect. It is now time to systematise the notion of discourse, and the tools of discourse analysis, both theoretically and practically, so that they can better be applied to management research, and to management practice. 

 

Keywords: Discourse, modernism, post-modernism, complex adaptive systems, communities of practice

 

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Telehealth in the UK: A critical perspective  pp69‑77

Ela Klecun-Dabrowska

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