As if it were relevant : a systems theoretical perspective on the relation between science and practice
Rasche, Andreas and Behnam, M.. (2009) As if it were relevant : a systems theoretical perspective on the relation between science and practice. Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol.18 (No.3). pp. 243-255. ISSN 1056-4926Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1056492609337495
This article discusses the concept of research relevance from a systems theoretical perspective. Based on the claim that many scholars still think of relevance as something that can be achieved and enhanced by choosing the “right” measures (e.g., “user-friendly” writing style), the authors argue that such a perspective obscures the self-referential status of “science” and “practice” as social systems in society. Our systems theoretical discussion, which is based on the work of German sociologist Niklas Luhmann, shows that, strictly speaking, science cannot produce relevant knowledge prior to application. Instead, practice has to make scientific knowledge relevant by incorporating it into the specific logic of its system. We argue that such an integration of knowledge is only possible by first acting as if the offered knowledge were relevant and to then modify and extend it according to the idiosyncrasies of the system. We characterize these as-if assumptions as fictions and show their significance for rethinking the concept of relevance.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > Q Science (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > International Centre for Governance & Public Management
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Management Inquiry|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications, Inc.|
|Number of Pages:||13|
|Page Range:||pp. 243-255|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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