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The use of dialectics and social construction theory can help expose rationalized institutional myths used to create useable knowledge. This discussion presents a popular technique, advocated and used among public officials when establishing pay scales, called a salary survey. Salary surveys appear rational because they use logical positivist (quantitative) methods to illustrate a "truth" that is actually "symbolic." This process is institutionalized when pay discussions and decisions aredoi:10.1108/ijotb-12-02-2009-b002 fatcat:kujsgk4jb5duxpcfuijsofi6ri