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Informality in organization and research: a review and a proposal

Rooke, JA, Koskela, LJ and Kagioglou, M 2009, 'Informality in organization and research: a review and a proposal' , Construction Management and Economics . (In Press)

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Abstract

The growing interest in informal and emergent features of organizations has accompanied changes both in the dominant forms of organization and prevailing academic views about how best to think about and research them. It is argued here that currently espoused dichotomous characterizations of both organizations and research approaches are over-simplified and misleading. A review of types of organisation research is conducted and it is suggested that the relationship between theory and data collection provides a more detailed and illuminating taxonomy than a distinction between qualitative and quantitative research. Two major distinctions are proposed: [1] between theory driven and phenomenon driven research; [2] between descriptive and prescriptive theory. It is suggested that organization theory is properly prescriptive in nature. The place of informality in organization and management studies is explicated, drawing on insights from Wittgenstein and ethnomethodology (EM). A distinction is drawn between [1] the degree of formality in particular organizational settings and [2] the necessarily informal foundations of formal organizational schemes and methods. Finally, the organization of research itself is addressed. A prescriptive theory (TFV) is suggested as a means of organizing and accounting for the research process. This suggestion serves as both [1] a proposal for research management and [2] an illustration of the relationship between theory and organization.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research methods; Research policy; Organization theory; Organizational analysis; Production process.
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: Construction Management and Economics
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1466-433X (electronic) 0144-6193 (paper)
Depositing User: JA Rooke
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2009 12:43
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2014 12:26
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2320

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