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Epistemology for Business Sciences

Code 13959
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 7,5
Workload TP(30H)
Scientific area Management
Entry requirements There are none.
Mode of delivery face-to-face
Learning outcomes The aims of this Course Unit are:
• Introduction to contemporary epistemological reflection
• Interpret its implications in the Management Sciences frame

At the end of the Curricular Unity course, students should be able to:

• Basics – Identify general themes and questions of epistemology

• Scientifics – Understand theoretically the nuclear aspects of epistemological debate, specifically in the scientific domain of Enterprise Sciences.

• Operational – Bring epistemological context to concrete research in Management and Enterprise Sciences;

• Cross outcomes - Relationship with others, lead and communicate, mobilize resources, seize opportunities to know based on behavioral attitudes active, healthy morally and ethically, exposing themselves to fair criticism of their peers.

Syllabus I. INTRODUCTION. The origins of Epistemology; evolution of the concept. Relationship between Common Sense and Scientific Knowledge. Science and Requirements of Scientifity: importance of Cartesian epistemology II. Some contemporary epistemological theories. Gaston Bachelard and the French epistemological tradition. The Vienna Circle and the logical empiricism. Karl Popper and falsificationism. Thomas Kuhn's notion of "paradigm" and its epistemological implications. Imre Lakatos and the scientific research programs. Feyerabend and Epistemological Pluralism III. Some issues in the domain of Regional Epistemologies a) epistemology for business sciences.
Main Bibliography Robert Blanché, A Epistemologia, Lisboa, Presença, 1975, pp. 9-36 . Manuel Maria Carrilho, Epistemologia: Posições e Críticas, Lisboa, F.C.Gulbenkian, 1991, (Prefácio) . Gaston Bachelard, A Epistemologia, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1990, pp165-190 . Alberto Pasquinelli, Carnap e o Positivismo Lógico, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1983, pp.39-57 . Karl R. Popper, O Mito do Contexto, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1999, pp.109-142 . Thomas S. Khun, A Estrutura das Revoluções Científicas, S.Paulo, Perspectiva, 2000, pp.125-144 . Imre Lakatos, Falsificação e Metodologia dos Programas de Investigação Científica, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1999, pp.54-85/128-137 . Paul K. Feyerabend, Contra o Método, Lisboa, Relógio D’Água, 1993, pp.29-39/ 194-208/ 291-312 . Dancy, Jonathan, Epistemologia Contemporânea, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1990 . Gil, Fernando (Org.), A Ciência Tal Qual se Faz Lisboa, Sá da Costa, 1999 . NONAKA, I., von KROGH, G., “Tacit Knowledge and Knowledge Conversion: Controversy and Advancement in Organizational Knowledge Creation Theory”. Organization Science. Vol. 20, No. 3 (May–June 2009): pp. 635–65 ALLIX, N.,“Epistemology and Knowledge Management Concepts and Practices”. Journal of Knowledge Management Practice, April 2003. ARAM, J. D., SALIPANTE, P. F., “Bridging Scholarship in Management: Epistemological Reflections. In British Journal of Management, Vol. 14, 189-205 (2003).SULKOWSKI, L. “Two Paradigms in Management Epistemology”. Journal of Intercultural Management. Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2010, pp. 109–119.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria One frequency test (70%) followed by a final interview (30%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-06-06

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