Pure and Applied Research in Business - Whence Shall the Twain Meet?

Sankaran, K (2005) Pure and Applied Research in Business - Whence Shall the Twain Meet? TAPMI, Manipal.


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There is an inherent tension between management practice and theory and this leads to undue expectations of researchers contributing directly to contingent practice. To lessen this, this paper suggests that practitioners and theoreticians understand the antecedents of social science research. The scientific and positivist paradigm has equated the process of natural science research with social science research. This Research Note suggests that this may be misleading. The theory - practice continuum, this paper argues, has three principal custodians - viz., the practitioner, the consultant and the researcher. Each of these has its separate referents. Viewed in this manner, we can see that the consultant's domain is Applied research and that that of the researcher is Pure research. This distinction of applied versus pure makes clear the role of the researcher and that of the consultants. This view has implications on such matters as breadth and depth of research, analytic induction and enumerative induction, mutuality of pure and applied research, primacy of referents, expedient practice versus patient theory building.

Item Type: TAPMI Working Papers
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied Research; Business Research; Twain
Subjects: General Management
General Management > Management Education
Divisions: General Management and Enterpreneurship
Depositing User: Ms. Vanitha K
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2018 05:21
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2018 07:08
URI: http://tapmi.informaticsglobal.com/id/eprint/368

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