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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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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: Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
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: 29 Oct 2015 01:14

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