Realist Inquiry

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Realism has become an influential philosophical foundation that has increasingly informed research in management studies. Realism, which assumes that the world external to the subject is mind-independent, offers a particularly attractive way out of the anthropocentrism and idealism in much contemporary research in management studies that detaches theorizing from its material conditions. This becomes especially problematic when understanding and handling the “Grand Challenges” closely connected with our material existence in the world. In this chapter, three different versions of realism – empirical, critical, and scientific realism – are introduced, and it is discussed how the latter two have informed management studies in terms of ontology, epistemology, and praxeology. Finally, some recommendations for future research are summarized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Philosophy of Management
EditorsChristina Neesham, Markus Reihlen, Dennis Schöneborn
Number of pages23
Place of PublicationSchweiz
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Publication date23.07.2022
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-48352-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-76605-4
Publication statusPublished - 23.07.2022