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Use matters ... and matters of use: Building theory for reflective practice

Hibbert, P.C. and Huxham, C. (2010) Use matters ... and matters of use: Building theory for reflective practice. Public Management Review, 13 (2). pp. 273-291. ISSN 1471-9037

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Abstract

This article presents the Interpretive Clustering Approach to theory building from Research Oriented Action Research data as a means of creating theory to support the reflective practice of public managers. Tenets about the nature of theory suitable for supporting reflective practice are developed and discussed; these relate to recognizability, generalizability, creativity and integrity. The characteristics required of the approach to allow it to satisfy the tenets are explored. In the process of this exploration several methodological concepts are introduced including notions of faithfulness, possibilities, tentative relevance, cautious certainty, forcing the rhetoric, inclusion of examples and attractive conceptual tags.

Item type: Article
ID code: 28711
Notes: Also presented at the 2008 Vienna Dialogue on Organizational Development http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/15211/
Keywords: theory, reflective practice, management practice, Management. Industrial Management, Management Information Systems, Management of Technology and Innovation
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Strategy and Organisation
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Depositing user: Ms Hilde Ann Quigley
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 15:30
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 08:56
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/28711

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