Reflections on Choosing the Appropriate Level of Abstraction in Social Science Research.

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Although researchers often do it subconsciously, every explanation involves choosing a level of abstraction at which the argument proceeds. The dominant North American style of research in Organization Theory, Strategy, and International Business encourages researchers to frame their explanations at the highest level of abstraction where country‐level contextual factors are suppressed or ignored. Yet to provide powerful explanations for recent developments in China, researchers are drawn to a greater level of context specificity. This tension is evident in the Child and Marinova (2014) paper. One way to reduce the tension is to identify general causal mechanisms that combine in different ways to produce different results depending on context. This research strategy is more effective than seeking invariant, general patterns of development across all times and places.

Authors Murmann, Johann P.
Journal or Publication Title Management and Organization Review
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 5 September 2014
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Volume 10
Number 3
Page Range 381-389
Number of Pages 8
Publisher DOI 10.1111/more.12068
Official URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/mo...
Contact Email Address peter.murmann@unisg.ch
Depositing User Michele Kölbener
Date Deposited 17 Oct 2018 11:45
Last Modified 18 Oct 2018 12:40
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/255361

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Murmann, Johann P. (2014) Reflections on Choosing the Appropriate Level of Abstraction in Social Science Research. Management and Organization Review, 10 (3). 381-389.

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