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Leaping into real-world relevance: an ‘abduction’ process for nonprofit research
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 03:50 authored by Taylor, R, Torugsa, N, Arundel, A
Positioned in the midst of the heated debate about the production of relevant and usable knowledge for practitioners in the nonprofit sector and a serious shortage of high-impact research that speaks to practice, the purpose of this Research Note is to direct nonprofit scholarship toward embracing “abduction,” which is the initial creative stage in scientific inquiry that facilitates the formulation of testable explanatory hypotheses and makes new discoveries in a sensory and logically structured way. We use an emerging interest in social innovation by the nonprofit sector as an illustrative example to show the advantages of using abductive reasoning as the primary method of reasoning for discovering new knowledge of a nascent but vital phenomenon. The novel contribution of this Research Note lies in encouraging scholarship on the nonprofit sector to an applied “practice-led” research process that is intellectually relevant and has the potential to bridge the scholar–practice divide.
Publication titleNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Department/SchoolCollege Office - College of Business and Economics
Place of publication2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, USA, Ca, 91320
Rights statementCopyright 2017 The Authors