What is my approach to research?
- I adopt the constructive research approach in my own work
(Kasanen et al. 1993).
- Characterized by producing and evaluating innovative constructions
intended to solve real world problems and to make a contribution to the
theory of the discipline in which it is applied.
- Implies a close involvement between the researcher and practitioners
Kasanen, E. , Lukka, K. and Siitonen, A. (1993). The constructive approach in management
accounting research. Journal of Management Accounting Research, 5(fall), 241–64.
From Lukka (2003):
- The construction is a model, organizational structure, computer algorithm, etc. and is
invented and developed, not discovered.
- Experiments are used to test the practical applicability of the construction.
- By developing a construction, reality changes:
- The researcher’s empirical intervention is explicit and strong.
- This is in contrast to the typical objective of conducting research with minimal empirical obtrusion.
Lukka, K. (2003). The constructive research approach.
Case study research in logistics. Publications of the Turku School of Economics and Business
Administration, Series B, 83-101.