Ontology, Epistemology and Methodology

Yvonne G.T. Van Rossenberg*, Zoe Sanderson, Safâa Achnak, Andy Brookes, Edina Dóci, Motahareh Ghoreysh, Dieu Hack-Polay, Chris Hartgerink, Beth Hopkins, Severin Hornung, Kudrat Khuda, Xander Lub, Chloe McKew, John Mendy, Sanne Nijs

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This entry explores the ontology, epistemology and methodology drawn on by research in work and organizational psychology (w/o psychology). Based on a review of studies published in nine highly ranked w/o psychology journals over the past decade, we identify and discuss three dominant themes: (1) the absence of ontological and epistemological debates, (2) sameness of ontology and epistemology, (3) methodological isomorphism. By identifying directions for future w/o psychology scholarship, we recommend greater focus on congruence between ontological and epistemological beliefs and methodology. While this may enable scholars to make more deliberate research choices in how they work, it also fosters pluralism in the field. As such, this entry is an invitation to scholars to further reflect on these themes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Organizational Psychology
EditorsP. Matthijs Bal
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Print)978 1 80392 175 4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


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