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Criteria for evaluating research: the unique adequacy requirement of methods

Rooke, JA and Kagioglou, M 2007, 'Criteria for evaluating research: the unique adequacy requirement of methods' , Construction Management and Economics, 25 (9) , pp. 979-987.

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    Abstract

    The Unique Adequacy requirement of methods (UA) is proposed as a means of evaluating research in construction management. UA addresses the problems stemming from the significance of conscious action in constituting human organisation. These may be summarised as: first, that objectivity is a problematic concept in such studies; second, that the determination of meaning is their primary goal; and third, that formal procedures, whether as methods of research or explanation, have significant limitations. The UA requirement has two forms: the weak form demands that the researcher is competent in the research setting; the strong form, that research reports use only concepts originating within the research setting. The consequences of applying these criteria are explored with reference to recent research reports in construction management, including: a questionnaire survey of cultural difference; an exercise in grounded theorising; a case study of the implementation of a quality management initiative. It is concluded that the UA requirement is a viable tool for evaluating and guiding research. Emphasis is placed on the importance of maintaining a principled distinction between empirical research and theory building.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Research methods; methodology; culture; grounded theory; total quality management
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
    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: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0144-6193
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 15:34
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2579

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