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The Metaphor of Detectives' Thinking Styles and the Research Process

Tywoniak, Stephane & Dean, Geoff (2006) The Metaphor of Detectives' Thinking Styles and the Research Process. In Academy of Management, 11-16th August, Atlanta. (Unpublished)

Abstract

The literature on research in organizational theory and the social sciences at large is primarily focused on the formal dimensions of the research process and largely ignores the cognitive activities involved in theorizing. We use Dean's (2000) hierarchical typology of the thinking processes of police detectives as an analogical framework to reflect on the cognitive processes of organizational researchers. Graphical depictions of the investigative thinking styles of method, challenge, skill, and risk are presented in a 3-D model. From this we construct a model for the research process that incorporates both the formal dimension related to the management of the research project and the dimension of the cognitive modes activated. We draw implications for theorizing, the conduct of research projects, researchers' self-reflexivity, and the training of research students.

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ID Code: 6466
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Investigative Thinking Styles, Theorizing Process, Research Methods, Metaphor, Analogical Transfer
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing not elsewhere classified (150599)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (The authors)
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2011 10:06

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