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Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy, Copenhagen Business School Working Paper Series, Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy, Copenhagen Business School

No 02-5:
Pluralism, Scientific Progress and the Structure of Organization Studies.

Christian Knudsen

Abstract: Should organization studies aspire to be a mono-paradigmatic science as argued by Pfeffer or should we pursue a strategy of unconditional pluralism by “letting thousands flower grow”? A new framework is presented that suggests that scientific progress in organization studies will best be promoted by upholding a balance between the exploitation of existing research programs and the exploration of new research programs. Too much pluralism can be as destructive for scientific progress as too little pluralism.

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