The Paradigm as steering mechanism

The Paradigm as steering mechanism

The year is coming its end and we only have two more 08:23 seminars left before Christmas. The first one will be on a manuscript written by Thomas Biedenbach, accepted as a book chapter in “Designs, Methods and Practices for Research of Project Management” (Editor: Beverly Pasian).

The chapter, discussing the possible utilization of paradigms as steering mechanism for new research endeavors, is currently with the publisher for layout editing and final review. The full manuscript will be distributed via email.

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to show the value of utilizing paradigms and articulating the research philosophy to effectively direct a new research endeavor. The explicit utilization of paradigms has various benefits: allowing a fundamental categorization of the research field, incorporating challenging viewpoints (paradigmatic pluralism), offering new conceptual perspectives when taking a different ontological perspective, and gaining legitimacy outside the field of project management. Paradigms can serve as powerful facilitator not only for directing research towards significant contributions that progress the research field, but also for guiding doctoral students through the research process.