Ratio Working Papers
Causal Mechanisms in Organization and Innovation Studies
() and Karl Wennberg
Abstract: We outline the guiding ideas behind mechanisms-based
theorizing in analytical sociology as a fruitful alternative to
economics-inspired research on identification of causal effects, and
discuss the potential of mechanisms-based theorizing for further
development in organization and innovation studies. We discuss the realist
stance on providing broader explanations as an identifying characteristic
of the mechanism approach, its focus on the dynamic processes through which
outcomes to be explained are brought about, and outline theoretical and
methodological implications for organization and innovation studies.
Keywords: Research Methods; Mechanisms; Causality; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C00; (follow links to similar papers)
21 pages, December 22, 2016
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