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Webinar: How to Reason

  • 1.  Webinar: How to Reason

    Posted 04-22-2024 00:57

    Speaker: Mikko Ketokivi (IE Business School)


    Time: Friday, April 26 at 10 am (EST) / 3 pm (London). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes, including Q&A.


    Registration: Please register here to receive a personalized Zoom link and reminder prior to the event.


    This webinar is the second of five sessions in the online course Contributing to Theory Progress.


    Bounded rationality, overconfidence, attentional bias, confirmation bias, selection bias, et cetera. The list of factors severely limiting decision-makers' rationality is endless. Surprisingly, few scholars consider this basic fact when they examine their own reasoning faculties. Yet, just like managers, researchers are decision-makers. In this session, we look at scholarly reasoning and argument from the point of view of research practice. We also examine the role of prescriptive and normative methodology in the process: How can methodological training help scholars improve their reasoning? Or is this a question of training, methodological or otherwise, in the first place?


    Recommended reading:

    • Nickerson, R. S. (1998). Confirmation bias: A ubiquitous phenomenon in many guises. Review of General Psychology, 2(2), 175-220.
    • Kruger, J., & Dunning, D. (1999). Unskilled and unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one's incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77(6), 1121-1134.
    • Lipton, P. (2004). Inference to the Best Explanation. London: Routledge.
    • Lave, C. A., and J. G. March (1975). An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences. New York: Harper & Row.
    • Ketokivi, M., and S. Mantere. (2010). Two strategies for inductive reasoning in organizational research. Academy of Management Review 35(2), 315-333.
    • Mantere, S., & Ketokivi, M. (2013). Reasoning in organization science. Academy of Management Review, 38(1), 70-89.
    • Ketokivi, M., Mantere, S., & Cornelissen, J. P. (2017). Reasoning by analogy and the progress of theory. Academy of Management Review, 42(4), 637-658.


    About the speaker:

    Mikko Ketokivi is a Professor of Operations Management & Organization Design at IE University in Madrid. He is an organization economist interested in the design and governance of all kinds of organizations: small and large, public and private, for-profit and non-profit. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Minnesota in 2000. Over the past 20 years, he has taught organization economics, operations management, organization design, governance, and statistical research methods in business schools and technical universities in the US, France, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, and his native Finland. His book Efficient Governance: A Governance Approach (Oxford University Press, 2023) takes a practical look at organization design and governance questions.

    Ibrat Djabbarov, Ph.D.
    Imperial College London