Multimethodology: Towards a Framework for Mixing Methodologies

Mingers, J. and Brocklesby, J. (1997) Multimethodology: Towards a Framework for Mixing Methodologies. Omega, 25 (5). pp. 489-509. ISSN 0305-0483 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In recent years the predilection for Systems/OR practice to be underpinned by a single methodology has been called into question, and reports on multimethodology projects are now filtering through into the literature, This paper takes a closer look at multimethodology, It outlines a number of different possibilities for combining methodologies, and considers why such a development might be desirable for more effective practice, in particular by focusing upon how it can deal more effectively with the richness of the real world and better assist through the various intervention stages, The paper outlines some of the philosophical, cultural and cognitive feasibility issues that multimethodology raises, It then describes a framework that can attend to the relative strengths of different methodologies and provide a basis for constructing multimethodology designs. Finally it presents a systematic way of decomposing methodologies to identify detachable elements, and the paper concludes by outlining aspects of an agenda for further research that emerges out of the discussion,

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: critical OR/systems; hard OR/systems; methodology; multimethodology; paradigm incommensurability; pluralism; realism; soft OR/systems
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2009 14:20
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3820 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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