Re-appraising interaction and process for industrial network research: The future plunging mirror hall metaphor

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Publikationens författare: Poul Houman Andersen, Christopher J. Medlin, Jan-Åke Törnroos
Förläggare: Elsevier
Publiceringsår: 2019
Tidskrift: Industrial Marketing Management
Tidskriftsakronym: IMM


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Abstract

Constructivist
and realist research is undertaken in the business relationship and
network approach of the Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group. These
two divergent research perspectives seek a different form of contextual
understanding vs. general knowledge. They are not incommensurable as
one can gain insights from the other. But a researcher must know and
understand both perspectives and sometimes be able to see when a writer
is playing almost a middle ground to make a specific point. To provide a
broader understanding of the ontological distinctions and their
ramifications for researching and translating meanings concerning
business networks we introduce the temporal mirror hall metaphor. We
propose that: (i) researchers should avoid reading and understanding
only a single research perspective, (ii) research is a social temporal
process embedded in a research community, (iii) understanding different
researcher perspectives is necessary for a constructivist scholar
working in a world of realist education, and (iv) realist researchers
need constructivist research to change and develop systematized
theories. The paper extends specific advice to constructivist
researchers undertaking longitudinal studies of interaction in business
networks. Realist researchers will find intriguing the comparisons and
refractions, as well as illusions, in the temporalities of the mirror
hall.

KeywordsInteractivityMechanismsProcess researchSensemakingSocial constructivismWithness

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