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Journal Article

Undertaking a Structured Literature Review or Structuring a Literature Review: Tales from the Field  pp141-152

Andrew Armitage, Diane Keeble-Allen

© Nov 2008 Volume 6 Issue 2, Editor: Ann Brown, pp123 - 216

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The diversity of sources of literature within the management disciplines has resulted in a growing need for a systematic methodology to map the territory of its associated theories and models. As such, when scoping out a doctoral or policy based study the Structured Literature Review (SLR) as espoused by Tranfield et al (2003) can be considered as a means by which critical literature central to and underpinning the research can be rigorously and systematically mapped out. However, there is little guidance, or evidence, of this being the case when undertaking small scale projects for example undergraduate or masters degree dissertations. This paper reports four case studies using semi‑structured interviews of master's degree students following management programmes who undertook a Structured Literature Review (SLR) based dissertation and the issues and problems they had to encounter during their journey. The findings from the case studies suggest that Tranfield et al's (2003) approach to SLR's, whilst suited to doctoral level and policy based research is not appropriate when dealing with undergraduate and masters dissertations and projects. The case study findings identified that these students conducting a SLR had to deal with a new set of conceptual, methodological and data collection problems relating to this 'unorthodox' approach to conducting a postgraduate research dissertation. The findings show that students had to confront new paradigms of enquiry that are not normally taught or found in 'traditional' research texts and research methods courses that are taught on degree programmes. However, the findings do reveal that students gained a greater depth and insight into the subject they were researching through a more rigorous and structured approach. The paper then presents alternative remedies by way of the Rapid Structured Literature Review (RSLR) research strategy which is argued as an appropriate approach in conducting small scale literature based research projects when used with undergraduate and master's degree students rather than the SLR espoused by Tranfield et al (2003) which is better suited for other types of research such as doctoral and policy based activities.

 

Keywords: Literature-based research, systematic literature reviews, synthesis, rapid structured literature reviews

 

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Journal Article

A Proposal and Evaluation of a Design Method in Design Science Research  pp89-100

Francis Gacenga, Aileen Cater-Steel, Mark Toleman, Wui-Gee Tan

© Dec 2012 Volume 10 Issue 2, ECRM, Editor: Ann Brown, pp53 - 153

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Information Systems (IS) design science literature offers a plethora of findings on various aspects, such as the general steps in design science, problem identification, objectives of solutions, and evaluation of the artefacts. However, there appears to b

 

Keywords: design science research, IT service management, performance measurement framework, mixed methods research, matching analysis projection synthesis approach

 

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Journal Article

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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