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2. The Subjective construction of truth
The author, Astley believes that we have some a priori sets of theoretical models andframeworks, and often, rather than approaching organizations as a set of unbiased observersand noting what the organization is doing, we let bias become a precursor and a set ofintentions are kept in minds as to what is supposed to be studied, And there is a role of theory inthis which again dictates as to what will be counted as a fact also.Since there is a lot of subjectivity into this approach, the facts consisting of ourknowledge are necessarily theory dependent. This then makes administrative science aninterpretive exercise, in which data is embedded through perception, rendering it more or less ofa story telling exercise.Astley then puts forth
view in which he talks about paradigm development andhow competing sets of schools compete for followers, and how inter rivalry amongst theseschools try to displace each other.Finally truth is that which the truth makers (here scientists decide) these are furtherstrengthened when some institution affixes its stamp of approval.
3. Language as a product of Research
Since we have appreciated and taken the view of Knowledge formation through anargumentative and a dialectic way, and stated that social negotiation leads to the same, thevehicle for this is the language;
it rather is a “linguistic convention”.
Word systems then play an important role, word systems are then quintessentiallyscientific fields which are created and maintained through a process of negotiations betweenconflicting schools.
Paradigm Approach, won’t be covered in detail, see “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”