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Journal Issue
Volume 2 Issue 2 / Jul 2003  pp47‑170

Editor: Arthur Money

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Conceptualising Participatory Action Research — Three Different Practices  pp47‑58

Stefan Cronholm, Göran Goldkuhl

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The Undergraduate Dissertation: Subject‑centred or Student‑centred?  pp59‑66

Tina Shadforth, Brendon Harvey

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Increasing business students' Confidence in Questioning the Validity and Reliability of their Research  pp67‑76

Teresa Smallbone, Sarah Quinton

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Multi‑perspective Management Research: Fusion or Confusion?  pp77‑84

Les Worrall

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Grounded Theory and the 'And' in Entrepreneurship Research  pp85‑94

David Douglas

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Using a Multimethod Approach to Research Enterprise Systems Implementations  pp95‑108

José Esteves, Joan Pastor

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Using the Glaserian Approach in Grounded Studies of Emerging Business Practices  pp109‑120

Walter Fernandez

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Issues in Online Focus Groups: Lessons Learned from an Empirical Study of Peer‑to‑Peer Filesharing System Users  pp121‑136

Jerald Hughes, Karl R. Lang

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Perspectives on Management Research Design and Orientation: Quandaries and Choices  pp137‑144

Beverley Jones

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A Researcher's Dilemma ‑ Philosophical and Methodological Pluralism  pp145‑154

Karl Knox

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From PostGrad to Professional: Useful tips for choosing and executing a doctoral thesis  pp155‑160

Sam Lubbe

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Historiography — A Neglected Research Method in Business and Management Studies  pp161‑170

John O'Brien, Dan Remenyi, Aideen Keaney

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Abstract

The objective of this speculative paper is to open a debate as to the importance of historiography in the field of business and management studies and to this end the paper argues that it is an under utilised research paradigm. It is the paper's contention that history has a special role to play in academic research. It contextualises the issues being studied and it gives shape to the parameters of the understanding which is offered by the research. Without access to a history of the issues and the ideas being examined it is difficult to make sense of the current situation. Being able to have a broad perspective of the history and the current situation opens the way to being able to make a valuable contribution to the theoretical body of knowledge in the field. Business and management studies can obtain much from historiography and this paper indicates.how it may be used in this context and its affinity with other accepted narrative based research paradigms already in use in this field. 

 

Keywords: and phrases History, historiography, historicism, context, knowledge, facts and figures, and phrases pedagogical understanding, facts, case studies, critical realism, dialectic, story, narrative

 

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