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What are the most suitable research philosophies in academic research? Show more Show less

The term research philosophy refers to a system of beliefs and assumptions about the development of knowledge. In layman’s terms, a research philosophy is the choice a researcher makes on how to pursue his research, consciously or subconsciously. Scholars have identified five of the most prominent research philosophies in academia, however, choosing one is a matter of debate. (main source: Saunders, Mark & Lewis, P & Thornhill, A. (2009). Understanding research philosophies and approaches. Research Methods for Business Students. 4. 106-135.)

Interpretivism Show more Show less

Interpretivism is a subjectivist philosophy that focuses on studying the people and the meanings they create.
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Interpretivism is subjective

Focuses on the people and interprets findings though their eyes.

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Subjectivism focuses on complexity and multiple interpretations and attempts to create meanings, so in that respect, its importance in the Interpretivist philosphy is undisputed. Interepretivists consider that their own beliefs and interpretations play an important role in the research process. They also consider the beliefs and assumptions of other people in their research important, because it is their firm belief that every person's point of view matters, since each person experiences different “realities”. The interpretivist approach could be useful to researchers in the fields of sociology, psychology, business and similar disciplines, because they often study individuals or groups of people that find themselves in unique and complex situations.

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