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Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge

Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge

Third Edition

January 2009 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Ingeman Arbnor and Bjorn Bjerke's best-selling text, first published in 1997, remains unrivalled; both in its contemporary relevance to research methodology and in its coverage of the interplay between the philosophy of science, methodology, and business. The authors make an in-depth examination into the circularity of knowledge and its foundations and analyze the repercussions for business, research, and consulting. Where knowledge is a competitive necessity, understanding its foundations is essential.

The fully updated Third Edition of Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge offers contemporary and extremely pertinent discussion about the interests of business knowledge.

Key Features of the Third Edition  
  • Includes several more examples, plus previous examples have been updated
  • Offers improved illustrations and diagrams
  • Makes the book easier to use with a revised presentation
  • Provides useful summaries of the key points and concepts to aide accessibility
  • Presents points of reflection to allow the reader to further their thinking on the topics
  • Includes a glossary of terms

A must have for any advanced student or academic in the fields of Research Methods in Business, Management and Research Methods.

To learn more about this book check out the authors website at

Praise for the Second Edition:
"This book provides a clear and concise treatment of the history and theory of scientific research... recommended for research students in business and social sciences and as a supporting text for a course on research methodology."
—Business Line

The Language of Methodology
The Act of Creating Knowledge
To Become a Knowledge-Creator
The Analytical View
The Systems View
The Actors View
Methodical Procedures
Methods in Language and Action
The Analytical Approach
The Systems Approach
The Actors Approach
The Views as Transformative Operators
Three Cases - Knowledge of Complementarity
Methodology as Business Creating Intelligence

First chapter is adopted as essential reading.

Mr Christian Lystbaek
Institute of Business and Technology, Aarhus University
April 11, 2011

not a perfect fit

Dr Alf Steinar Sætre
Industrial Economics & Technology Mgt, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
February 24, 2011

Arbnor's and Bjerke's book is already published as a third edition, and
the book is very much focusing on qualitat. methods.
However, if I simply think about the course requirements and the students who participate on my course,
more information on quantitat. would be needed. This book might be a good one for PhD students, but my course is tailored for master's degree students only.

Professor Juha Kansikas
Business Administration , Jyväskylä University
November 15, 2009

A very good text to recommend for students working on their bachelor's and master's theses. Gives a nice simple to understand overview.

Mathias Höglund
Management , Swedish School of Economic & Business Admin
November 12, 2009

An excellent resource; much needed.

Professor Darren Dalcher
National Centre for Project Management, Middlesex University
October 4, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

Chapter Two PDF


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