Dr. Mike Metcalfe currently teaches at the University of South Australia, serving mainly as a Ph.D. thesis adviser. He earned his Ph.D. from Adelaide University. Dr. Metcalfe’s most recent publications include Business Research through Argument (Kluwer Academic, 1995) and Profit Forecasting (Kluwer Academic, 1994).2007 0-7734-5441-1
Writers like Rorty, Popper, Dewey and Feyerabend suggest that rather than searching for more and more exacting and rigorous rules for how to undertake well justified research, we need to be concerned with communities of doubters. These, if adequately applying dialectic argument, will act to challenge unjustified knowledge claims, and so save us all from being deceived. This book encourages doubt by providing over a dozen ways to critique research, especially where that research results in knowledge claims about human activities. Each chapter provides another pragmatic conception of knowledge, used to question the assumptions behind whatever research work you have just read. Therefore, the book offers a way of learning about your own discipline specific research literature, while also learning how to design a well-justified research report.