Implementing interdisciplinary paradox research

Rebecca Bednarek, Miguel Pina e Cunha, Jonathan Schad, Wendy K. Smith

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Interdisciplinary research allows us to broaden our sights and expand our theories. Yet, such research surfaces a number of challenges. We highlight three issues – superficiality, lack of focus, and consilience-and discuss how they can be addressed in interdisciplinary research. In particular, we focus on the implications for interdisciplinary work with paradox scholarship. We explore how these issues can be navigated as scholars bring together different epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies within interdisciplinary research, and illustrate our key points by drawing on extant work in paradox theory and on examples from this double volume. Our paper contributes to paradox scholarship, and to organizational theory more broadly, by offering practices about how to implement interdisciplinary research while also advancing our understanding about available research methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in the sociology of organizations
PublisherEmerald Group Holdings Ltd.
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Print)0733-558X


  • Epistemology
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Methodology
  • Ontology
  • Paradox theory
  • Tensions


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