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Applying Knowledge Cartography Techniques and Tools to Facilitate the Process of Realist Synthesis  pp106-116

Leonel Tractenberg

© Dec 2013 Volume 11 Issue 2, ECRM 2013, Editor: Ann Brown, pp53 - 117

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Abstract: The astonishing growth of academic publications worldwide and the increasing access to online bibliographic databases of recent decades represent a challenge to researchers and professionals concerning the integration of findings on their area o f expertise. As management studies multiply the importance of using new methods of qualitative research synthesis increases. New methods of qualitative synthesis have been recently developed, such as qualitative meta‑synthesis and realist synthesis (or r ealist review). Yet, these qualitative syntheses methods remain relatively unknown by management researchers. Objectives ‑ The purpose of this paper is to briefly present the realist synthesis method, and to show how knowledge cartography techniques and tools can be used in realist synthesis in order facilitate the process of theory building. Design/methodology ‑ Underpinnings and method of realist synthesis are described, followed by a discussion on knowledge cartography and its applications to qualitat ive research. A realist synthesis on collaborative teaching serves as an illustration of how knowledge mapping tools can facilitate the realist review process. Findings … Cartographic techniques and tools can facilitate organizing and analysing studies, a rranging and re‑arranging concepts and, thus, can help designing theoretical frameworks in realist reviews. Originality/value … This paper can contribute to the instrumentalization of the realist review method, and to disseminate this method of research s ynthesis in Management Research.


Keywords: Keywords: qualitative research synthesis, realist synthesis, knowledge cartography, knowledge maps


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