Design and Normative Claims in Organization Studies: a Methodological Proposal

Francesca Ricciardi

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the pivotal role of Design Claims in scientific research. In fact, Design Claims link the adoption and/or use of a specific artifact (for example, a procedure, or a belief) to measurable and relevant effects. By doing so, Design Claims continuously spot gaps in theory, and then force to scientific advancements. This paper suggests that the dramatic lack of Design Claims (and consequently of Normative Claims) in Organization Studies not only results in lack of relevance, but also deprives our discipline of the beneficial epistemological interplay that should take place between design, normative and descriptive statements. This epistemological teamwork, where present, results in a “mirroring effect” that makes other fields of studies, such as Medicine, viable and relevant. Models and frameworks developed in Organization Studies, on the contrary, often result in epistemological dead ends: once emanated, their specific influence in the real world is rarely object of further specific interest. It is just as if Medicine scholars, after developing a theory on a certain health issue, were not interested in measuring how the adoption of that specific theory in the world of practice performed. Some methodological suggestions are then provided, to encourage a stronger presence of Design Claims in both qualitative and quantitative Organization Studies research.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteDesigning Organizational Systems. An Interdisciplinary Discourse
EditorRICHARD BASKERVILLE, MARCO DE MARCO, PAOLO SPAGNOLETTI
Pagine21-34
Numero di pagine14
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013

Serie di pubblicazioni

NomeLECTURE NOTES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ORGANISATION

Keywords

  • artifact adoption
  • design claims
  • epistemology
  • normative claims
  • organization studies

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