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Volume 11 Issue 2, ECRM 2013 / Dec 2013  pp53‑117

Editor: Ann Brown

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Editorial ‑Special Issue Volume 11 issue 2  pp53‑54

Ann Brown

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Lessons from the field: Applying the Good Reporting of A Mixed Methods Study (GRAMMS) framework  pp55‑66

Roslyn Cameron1

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Advancing Polyphonic, Multi‑layered and Authentic Narrative Inquiry: Actor Sensemaking during Transformational Change  pp67‑83

Sally Eaves, John Walton

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Promoting the case for Using a Research Journal to Document and Reflect on the Research Experience  pp84‑92

David Lamb

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Narrative inquiry and the study of collaborative branding activity  pp93‑105

Cathi McMullen, Ian Braithwaite

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

Leonel Tractenberg

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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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Rediscovering Grounded Theory  pp117‑117

A Book Review by Dan Remenyi

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