Indigenous research: ontologies, axiologies, epistemologies and methodologies

Ella Henry , Dennis FOLEY

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This chapter discusses Indigenous research from two Indigenous perspectives. One author is a New Zealand Maori woman with a business school background, who has in recent decades moved into Indigenous studies. The other is an Australian Aboriginal man, who is a professor in management studies. Together, we explore our views about the ontology, axiology, epistemology, methodology and methods that inform and are shaped by our Indigenous worldview. The chapter is structured in two distinct voices, representing our similar but different experiences as Indigenous scholars. It will critically reflect on the application and significance of Indigenous research, particularly in the fields of business studies, to share Indigenous knowledge and thinking, and to ensure an Indigenous perspective on diversity, equality and inclusion. We offer a conceptual and reflective insight into our experiences and concerns, as members of the small but growing group of Indigenous scholars within business disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work
EditorsLize A.E. Booysen, Regine Bendl, Judith K. Pringle
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781783476084
ISBN (Print)9781783476077
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameElgar Original Reference Series


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