Todd Bowers, University of Hull Business SchoolCentre for Systems Studies
Steps to Resolve the Problem of Paradigm Incommensurability for Multimethodological Systemic Intervention
This paper is an introduction to and overview of the author’s Ph.D. dissertation,in progress, which offers a new approach towards a critical systems paradigm.It aims to develop theory needed to ground the various multiparadigm multi-methodologies for systemic intervention and organisational research. An onto-logy of process/structure is designed as a metaphysical interface to the con-ventional paradigms of critical systems thinking (functionalist, interpretivist,emancipatory and postmodern) which will be realised by an epistemology thatrespects paradigm incommensurability and exploits the advantages of per-spectivity. This onto-epistemology is then operationalised with a metamethodo-logy wherein each of the paradigmatic approaches are deployed. Together, thisnew paradigmatic framework directs a critically reflexive, axiologically trans-parent appreciation by the systemist eventuating a multiparadigmatic multi-methodological engagement with a problem situation in flux. Its overall philo-sophy lays out the foundational motives, rationale, intents and purposes to actas a guide to the interventionist or researcher. The principal advantage of thisapproach is derived from its grounded multiparadigmatic perspectivity and theconsequent leveraging of the full gamut of systemic methodologies.