Academic journal article Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods

SPECIAL ISSUE MIXED METHODS Track from ECRM 2015

Academic journal article Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods

SPECIAL ISSUE MIXED METHODS Track from ECRM 2015

Article excerpt

Editorial

This special issue is based on selected papers from the Mixed Methods mini track from the 2015 14th European Conference on Research Methods in Business and Management (ECRM). The conference has run a Mixed Methods mini track for the last three years and it has grown steadily more popular with high quality submissions from around the globe being presented. The authors of selected papers were invited to submit a journal submission based upon the core concepts and data from their conference papers and encouraged to emphasis the methodology and methodological implications of their research for this special issue. Four papers from the ECRM conference and a general submission on mixed methods research choice complete the content of this special issue.

The chosen papers

The first four papers are from the mixed methods mini track. Pat Bazeley, a well re-noun research methodologist and mixed methodology author provides us with a critique of the use of mixed methods and qualitative research methods by published management researchers based on a review of articles published in two of the fields most highly ranked journals (Academy of Management Journal and Administrative Science Quarterly) over an eight year period (2006-2014). She concludes that management researchers have been slow to adopt mixed methods approaches and that this has broader issues and implications. She notes that management researchers are well trained in detailed quantitative statistical methods and analysis however they appear to lack the same level of training and skill sets in relation to qualitative or mixed methods research. The limited repertoire of non-statistical methods of the authors from the review being a stand out finding which has implications for research training in the fields of management.

The second paper by Omar Benthar and Roslyn Cameron looks in detail at a mixed methods study from the discipline of project management, in itself a complex field of practice. The study took place across 30 big dam projects and utilised a sequential and concurrent transformative mixed methods research design. The paper walks us through the complexity of the research study and the methodological choices made based around the four purposes for using mixed methods: exploration, explanation, complementarity and triangulation. …

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