Title: Introducing dialogic as a research methodology

Authors: Mette Lund Kristensen

Addresses: Department of Marketing and Management, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark

Abstract: This paper aims to illustrate how the methodological approach that researchers apply has implications not only for theory-building, insights, and theoretical conclusions but also for practices. The paper proposes French philosopher and sociologist Morin's (1990, 1992, 1997, 2005, 2008a, 2008b) methodological approach dialogic as an alternative and sophisticated approach to study and understand the complexity of opposing forces like tensions, paradoxes, and contradictions in organisation, leadership and management research. By applying the dialogic approach, the researcher is able to comprehend the antagonistic and the complementarity mechanisms of opposing forces simultaneously. The dialogic approach is proposed in the context of the oft-applied dualistic and dialectical research perspectives. To support the purpose of the paper, self-management as a research subject is used to illustrate the implications for applying different research methodologies.

Keywords: research methodology; opposing forces; dualistic; dialectic; duality; dialogic; Edgar Morin; self-management; complexity; order-disorder.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCP.2020.111024

International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 2020 Vol.13 No.3, pp.196 - 216

Received: 20 Apr 2020
Accepted: 15 Jul 2020

Published online: 05 Nov 2020 *

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