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Putting Social Science to Work
The Ground between Theory and Use Explored through Case Studies in Organisations


  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521378482

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  • In this book, first published in 1991, Lisl Klein and Ken Eason look at the various issues involved when attempts are made to make use of the theories, methods and findings of the social sciences in practical affairs. They consider how human and social considerations may be successfully integrated with technical and economic ones in the design and development of organisations and work. Their study is both empirical and theoretical. Its core is the examination of fourteen case studies from manufacturing and service organisations in Britain and Germany. The book concludes with a discussion of what contributes to a successful practice. Its findings will be invaluable to all social scientists interested in the application of their disciplines as well as to potential clients in the world of business and industry.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521378482
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Preface: why bother?
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Issues in Social Science Utilisation:
    2. Issues of content: the use of knowledge and the dynamics of action
    3. A framework for diagnosis
    4. A practical profession
    Part II. An Empirical Study of Social Science Utilisation:
    5. The research programme
    6. Cases in organisational structure and policy
    7. Cases in technical systems development
    8. Cases in behavioural change/problem-solving for specific groups
    9. Cases in behavioural change/development for management
    10. The content and process of social science utilisation
    11. What supports and hinders social science utilisation
    12. Five practitioners
    13. The work of the Commission for Economic and Social Change in Germany
    Part III. Discussion:
    14. A collaborative venture
    15. Elements of practice

  • Authors

    Lisl Klein

    Ken Eason

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