Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The danger of metatheory

From Mark Edwards' book Organizational Transformation for Sustainability: An Integral Metatheory (Routledge, 2010):

"There is a danger, however, that when the conservative side of metatheory stops being flexible and creative, the situating of theories
and lenses becomes a process of typing and categorization. The AQAL framework may be particularly prone to this problem because of the prescriptive manner in which it is used. The fundamental task of metatheorizing is not to be able to categorize theories within some preexisting, overarching framework but to ensure that the unique contributions of middle-range theories are accommodated with the metatheory" (208).

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