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Investigating the extraordinary

Dörfler, V. and Stierand, M. (2009) Investigating the extraordinary. In: British Academy of Management Conference 2009, 2009-09-15 - 2009-09-17, Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

This paper is the first step towards establishing the investigation of the extraordinary as a valid method of research in the field of business research and hopefully beyond. We list sev-eral ways in which investigation of outliers is used; i.e. if we are interested specifically in rare phenomena represented by outliers; when trying to gain general knowledge by examining ir-regular instances that expose particular characteristics of the topic under scrutiny; and as a way of strengthening an argument by showing it to be valid for outliers as well. As the ex-traordinary are outliers themselves, the reasons for investigating outliers apply to extraordi-nary as well. After this we take several research projects that focus on the extraordinary under closer examination; this way finding additional reason for investigating the extraordinary be-yond those reasons given for the outliers. This leads us to the world of Platonic ideas; in which the extraordinary is defined.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 14431
Keywords: knowledge, phenomenology, business research, management, Social Sciences (General), Philosophy (General), Psychology
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Philosophy (General)
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Management Science
Depositing user: Dr Viktor Dorfler
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2010 12:39
Last modified: 22 May 2015 09:29
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/14431

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