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Title: On synthesis of relevance and rigor
A critique of Freek Vermeulen’s solution
Author: Li, Xin
Abstract: This paper presents a critique of Freek Vermeulen’s synthesis of rigor and relevance in management research, and argues (1) at the first glance, Vermeulen’s papers are very appealing; (2) but with a closer scrutiny, we can unveil the weak and shaky foundations of his argument; (3) as a consequence, his solution of ‘adding a second loop’ to make management research meet dual needs of rigor and relevance is illusory and merely an applied science fiction; (4) and finally, there are two real contributions of his papers to the irrelevance debate, but they are not like what we might have thought.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7827
Date: 2009-07-21

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