Thomas Kuhn on Paradigms

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This study provides key arguments and contributions of Kuhn (1970) concerning paradigms, paradigm shifts, and scientific revolutions. We provide interpretations of Kuhn's (1970) key ideas and concepts, especially as they relate to business management research. We conclude by considering the practical implications of paradigms and paradigm shifts for contemporary business management researchers and suggest that ethical rules of conversation are at least as critical for the health of a scientific community as methodological rules (e.g., the rules of logical positivism) derived from the philosophy of science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1650-1657
Number of pages8
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • Paradigms
  • normal science
  • paradigm shifts
  • scientific revolutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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