Epistemology is a ‘general set of assumptions about the best ways of inquiring into the nature of the world’ (Easterby-Smith, et al., 2012, p.17).
Epistemology addresses questions such as:
What is knowledge?
How is knowledge acquired?
How do we know what we know?
Is it possible to have knowledge at all?
In research, an epistemological stance will influence how you choose a research topic as well as the methodology and methods you use. Review the resources this week to explore the role of epistemology in research.
In a 750-1,000 word response, post your answers to the following questions to the Discussion Board by Saturday:
In what ways does the choice of an epistemological perspective or stance influence the formulation of a management research problem?
Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. & Jackson, P. (2012) Management research. 4th ed. London: SAGE Publications.