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CARDOSO, Onésimo de Oliveira  and  SERRALVO, Francisco Antonio. Methodological pluralism and transdisciplinarity in the complexity: a reflection on management. Rev. Adm. Pública [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.1, pp.49-66. ISSN 0034-7612.

A transdisciplinary view of the management area means looking for new epistemological and methodological stands that are not only an overlap of ideas and methods, but an attempt in the search of insights and multiple approaches that can embrace the essence of the phenomena of the area. To some extent, they are connected with the wide universe of social sciences in its different domains and multidisciplinary body. This article focuses on complexity, in search of foundations for the development of a methodological pluralism supported by transdisciplinarity. It also questions the mainstream rationalities that, to some extent, have served as theoretical and epistemological framework to a management where there is no room for emancipation and creativity. The article develops new epistemological perspectives that may mean more adequate and fertile analyses of the individual and collective phenomena. They characterize the organizations' universe, in their conflicts, contradictions and own reason of being and that of the society.

Keywords : transdisciplinarity; management study; complexity.

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