According to your text, epistemology is a ‘general set of assumptions about the best ways of inquiring into the nature of the world’


According to your text, 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?
How to Respond to Discussion Questions

The participation component will assess the students’ contribution to the class discussions in the seminar. In particular it will assess the extent to which students:

  • contribute original views
  • build creatively on the views of others
  • show intelligent critique of theory or practice
  • add an international or cultural aspect to the class
  • show originality in the application of theory
  • clarify the theory being studied
  • encourage the effective contribution of other members of the class.

The “Participation” component has two elements, attendance and contribution:

  • Attendance is evidenced by making a substantial posting to a discussion thread on a minimum of 3 days in the week, not including initial DQ responses. “Substantial” postings will normally be in the order of 2 – 3 paragraphs and 3 – 5 postings per week, not including the initial DQ responses, or those responses required by other assignments.
  • Contribution is evidenced by value of the postings to the learning of the class

Instructors will evaluate participation based on both of these criteria (attendance and contribution). Note that, for minimum passing grade, participation posts must be balanced during the week and not posted primarily in the last day or two of the seminar.

Remember to cite and reference examples from the readings and journal articles for this week.

Please submit your initial response through the Turnitin submission link below in addition to simultaneously posting it to the Discussion Board thread. Once the initial response has been submitted to Turnitin, you cannot request that it be deleted to accommodate a revised submission.

In addition, each week you will be required to share and discuss ideas and sections on your proposal to the discussion board. A separate thread each week has been created for this purpose. Initial posts are due Saturday of each week. A Turnitin submission is not required for this post.


Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. & Jackson, P. (2012) Management research. 4th ed. London: SAGE Publications.

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