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Lessons on knowledge creation in supply chain management
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
2015 (English)In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107, Vol. 27, no 4, 346-368 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this study is to convey lessons learned from a long-term research project and present a coherent approach for researching relevant areas, ranging from ontology to quality.

Design/methodology/approach - A PhD process is used as a case to present conceptual ideas on performing research in logistics/supply chain management (SCM).

Findings - The research integrates different views on knowledge and the world and how to perform research in logistics/SCM. Models explaining micro and macro abduction, and the relationship between research, the context and researcher subjectivity are suggested.

Research limitations/implications - Knowledge on why and how critical realism can be used in logistics/SCM research is advanced. Abduction is presented as a micro/macro process, which should not have any specific "finish line", and is supported with both ontological and epistemological arguments.

Practical implications - Research in logistics/SCM can be improved by connecting different aspects of viewing and creating knowledge. Reflecting on how exactly a publication is related to a project, researchers can better describe how they contribute to knowledge creation, and also understand the relationship between micro and macro abduction.

Originality/value - Through presenting an approach to knowledge creation in the context of a PhD thesis, this research distinguishes itself in a field with a growing need to define its own views of the world and of knowledge. The paper advances current understanding of knowledge creation in logistics/SCM, expanding on earlier models and presenting a broader view of the research process and the associated dilemmas. The paper also contains novel considerations of the differences between publication types and how these affect the presentation of the research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 27, no 4, 346-368 p.
Keyword [en]
Critical realism, Knowledge, Epistemology, Quality, Ontology, Methodology, Abduction, Supply chain management (SCM), Systematic combining
National Category
Social Sciences Philosophy
Research subject
Bussiness and IT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8567DOI: 10.1108/EBR-12-2014-0086ISI: 000355655200001Scopus ID: 84929854403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8567DiVA: diva2:894445
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2017-04-11Bibliographically approved

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