Idea Networking Group

Interpretive Research Study Course

  1. Course Outline

1. SenseMaking Articles

  1. Abolafia article
  2. Klein article
  3. Connecting Brain article
  4. Weick Gulch Fire article
  5. Review article 2014
  6. Weick Sutcliff Seminal article
  7. Weick: Review Article
  8. MOOCs article
  9. Simple Heuristics
  10. Social Construction of Reality (Berger and Luckman)

2. Interpretive Research Methods

  1. Walsham Article
  2. Interpretive Research Criteria Article
  3. Boroditski: Language and Thought Article
  4. Borditski: Language and Thought (Short Article) File
  5. Linguistic Turn: Alvesson
  6. Naming and Knowing: Leary on Metaphors
  7. Generalising Article
  8. Generalising 2 Article

3. Idea Networking

  1. Idea Networking Mindmap File
  2. Idea Networking 2007 File
  3. Concern Statements Example File
  4. 13 ways to critique: sourcing statements File
  5. Using Systems Thinking to source statements: (4 x videos; 2 mins) URL
  7. NodeXL Videos File
  9. Cluster Naming Example File
  10. S Toulmin On Concepts File
  11. Dialectic In Cluster/Concept Names Mindmap File
  12. Balan: How To Concept Map (Idea Networking) File
  14. Pattern Recognition URL
  15. Wikipedia URL


  1. MOOCs File
  2. McKenna Article File
  3. Najmeh Ideas artcle File
  4. Eva's honours Thesis File
  5. Siti: Indonesian Banks File

4. Argument/Thesis

  1. Richard Rorty on Being Objective URL
  2. Richard Rorty: Truth vs Justification URL
  3. Argument in Writing File
  4. Research Structure File
  5. Research as Argument (chp 5) File
  6. Bias? (chp 6) File
  7. Theory? (chp 7) File
  8. Guarantors of Justification (chp 8) File
  9. Literature Review? (chp 11) File
  10. Argumentative Inquiry:Science as argument (video) URL

5. Qualitative Systems Analysis of Narrative

What Concepts Are Being Used To Interpret Your Problem Domain?

Our narrative analysis of stakeholders' concerns can reveal what underlying concepts these people are using to make sense of events occuring within any problem domain. Do analysts see the situation as innovative or conservative, do participants see it as quality, challenging and/or friendly? Are the concepts being used known, strategic and co-ordinated?

That humans use language to think about the world as it presents itself to us is now well supported by organisational, philosophical and psychological research [Vygotsky, Rorty, Wittgenstein, Kahneman, Morgan, Weick, Churchman]. Our research over the last 12 years has developed and applied three systems qualitative methods that extract the meta concepts in use in any narrative. This provides an 'underlying assumptions' or 'issues' analysis of any problem situation discussed in language.