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This chapter provides a brief reflection on the book as a whole together with directions for the future. Realism ‘makes a difference’ by pressing researchers to consider causal mechanisms and suggesting how specific research tools can be deployed to seek out these mechanisms. As an explanatory project, it has made progress in identifying causal powers and in generalizing from cases, but challenges remain here. As an emancipatory project, critical realism needs to reflect on the kinds of policy conclusions that realist research can sustain.

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Author(s): Edwards PK, O'Mahoney J, Vincent S

Editor(s): Edwards, PK; O'Mahoney, J; and Vincent, S

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Studying Organizations Using Critical Realism: A Practical Guide

Year: 2014

Pages: 318-326

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Place Published: Oxford


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ISBN: 9780199665525