Can Quantitative Research Solve Social Problems? Pragmatism and the Ethics of Social Research

Powell, Thomas C (2018) Can Quantitative Research Solve Social Problems? Pragmatism and the Ethics of Social Research. Journal of Business Ethics. (Accepted)

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Abstract

Journal of Business Ethics recently published a critique of ethical practices in quantitative research (Zyphur and Pierides 2017). The authors argued that quantitative research prevents researchers from addressing the most urgent problems facing humanity today, such as poverty, racial inequality and climate change. I offer comments and observations on the authors’ critique. I agree with the authors in many areas of philosophy, ethics, and social research, while making suggestions for clarification and development. Interpreting the paper through the pragmatism of William James, I suggest that the authors’ arguments are unlikely to change attitudes in traditional quantitative research, though they may point the way to a new worldview, or Jamesian “sub-world,” in social research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: strategy & innovation
Subject(s): Strategy
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 12:40
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2018 12:40
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/6803

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