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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter claims that multimethod and mixed methods research (MMMR) can be justified in two matter-of-fact ways without appeals to paradigm arguments. One justification is a straightforward appeal to the practical utility of MMMR for generating a more complete understanding and explanation of social phenomena than can be obtained by using only one method. MMMR can also be justified on the grounds that it can be used as a heuristic to leverage innovations in communities of research practice. Of particular interest are innovations related to conducting interdisciplinary team science and employing systems thinking. fosters innovation in scientific practice. The chapter discusses both forms of justification and argues that the latter holds more promise and deserves more careful study.

Keywords: Practical utility, innovation, interdisciplinarity, heuristics, systems thinking, styles of reasoning

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