Globalization and Production: Four Paradigmatic Views

By Kavous Ardalan.

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Any adequate analysis of globalization and production necessarily requires fundamental understanding of the worldviews underlying the views expressed with respect to globalization and production. This paper is based on the premise that any worldview can be associated with one of the four basic paradigms: functionalist, interpretive, radical humanist, and radical structuralist. It argues that any view expressed with respect to globalization and production is based on one of the four paradigms or worldviews. This paper takes the case of the effect of globalization and production and discusses such relationship from four different viewpoints, each of which corresponds to one of the four broad worldviews. The paper emphasizes that the four views expressed are equally scientific and informative; they look at the phenomenon from their certain paradigmatic viewpoint; and together they provide a more balanced understanding of the phenomenon under consideration.

Keywords: Globalization, Information Technology, Worldviews, Diversity, Paradigms

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.257-272. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.438MB).

Prof. Kavous Ardalan

Professor of Finance, School of Management, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

Kavous Ardalan is a professor of finance at the School of Management, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A. and a Ph.D. in finance from York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Finance. As one of the nation’s most respected teachers, his name appeared in several editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. A recent study has recognized him as one of the top fifteen authors in financial education. Marist College granted him the Special Recognition Award for Teaching and Research in academic year 2002-2003 and the College Research Award in 2004-2005. He is a member of the editorial board of five academic journals. His research interests are in the theoretical, practical, educational, and philosophical aspects of Finance. Since his arrival in 1998 at Marist College, every year, he has been recognized as the most prolific scholar. He has received four “Distinguished Research Awards” at national and international conferences. Two of his papers were recognized very highly by the publishers. He has presented numerous papers in the regional, national, and international conferences. His publications have appeared in diverse academic journals.

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