Working Papers, School of Business, Örebro University
Theories as Agents of Progress – Can we see a Bridge between Constructionism, Chaos Theory and Organization Research?
Abstract: ”Constructionism shares constructivism's connotation of
learning as ”building knowledge structures” irrespective of the
circumstances of the learning. It then adds that this happens especially
felicitously in a context where the learner is consciously engaged in
constructing a public entity, whether it's a sandcastle on the beach or a
theory of the univ erse... If one eschews pipeline models of transmitting
knowledge in talking among ourselves as well as in theorizing about class
rooms, then one
must expect that I will not be able to tell you about
my idea of constructionism. Doing so is bound to trivialize it. Instead, I
must confine myself to engage you in experiences (including verbal ones)
liable to encourage your own personal construction of something in some
sense like it. Only in this way will there be something rich enough in your
mind to be worth talking about.” (Papert, 1991)
This essay is intented
as a contribution to the philosophical discussion of the development of
science, i.e. the process of adopting, keeping and rejecting scientific
theories. The aim of this short investigation is to make a contribution to
the understanding of constructionism and other scientific theories like
chaos theory and self-organization, which influences organization theories.
The present essay constitutes rather an elaboration of views than a
solution to given problems but perhaps the views gives another piece to the
puzzle of understanding the development of scientific theories.
Keywords: chaos theory; constructionism; organization theory; self-organization; self- fullfilling prophecy; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A23; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, August 9, 2004
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