Reconnecting theory and practice in pluralistic contexts: Issues and Aristotelian considerations

Bredillet, Christophe N., Tywoniak, Stephane, & Dwivedula, Ravikiran (2015) Reconnecting theory and practice in pluralistic contexts: Issues and Aristotelian considerations. Project Management Journal, 46(2), pp. 6-20.

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The purpose of this article is to contribute, from a research practitioner perspective, to the theory–practice gap debate in organization studies, focusing on pluralistic contexts such as project organizing. The current debate is introduced; then the features of the two main philosophical traditions (i.e., modernism and postmodernism) are critically summarized. Then, propositions to reconnect theory and practice according to the Aristotelian premodern ethical and practical philosophy are discussed. Some key implications in the following areas are outlined: roles played by practitioners and scholars; emancipatory praxeological style of reasoning; closing the “phronetic gap”; and the development of “good practice,” ethics, and politics.

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ID Code: 85893
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aristotle, Practice, Theory, Postmodern, Porject Organizing
DOI: 10.1002/pmj.21479
ISSN: 8756-9728
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisation and Management Theory (150310)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2015 23:24
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 10:48

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