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Advancing Research Methodologies in Management: Revisiting Debates, Setting New Grounds for Pluralism

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posted on 2024-01-31, 10:25 authored by Michael Christofi, Elias Hadjielias, Mathew Hughes, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki
The purpose of this editorial essay and Special Issue (SI) is to offer a unique and timely opportunity to explore, revisit and critically examine key methodological debates and tensions with the purpose of advancing diversity and novel theorizing in the field. We join voices with the authors of the five papers of this SI to problematize taken-for-granted assumptions and research traditions and pave the way for inclusive and novel theorising in management scholarship. We revisit four long-lasting debates that hinder methodological pluralism and diversity in management scholarship: a) the quantitative research divide, b) the legitimacy of mixed methods research, c) the rigour vs. relevance tension, and d) the lack of methodological innovation. We suggest that these debates are at least partly counterproductive because they create silos and opposing camps inhibiting appreciation of different worldviews and collective learning. The dominance of functionalism and positivism in quantitative research and the inappropriate transfer of quantitative logics in qualitative research have led to a lack of diversity in empirical methodologies. The field’s limited methodological diversity is further proliferated by a strict adherence to quality standards that have inadvertently promoted homogeneity. This editorial essay highlights the challenges and potential of mixed methods, which are gaining momentum due to calls for methodological pluralism. We also call for a re-evaluation of quality standards to encourage more innovative and diverse research methodologies.

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Christofi, M., Ηadjielias, E., Hughes, M. and Plakoyiannaki, E. (2024), Advancing Research Methodologies in Management: Revisiting Debates, Setting New Grounds for Pluralism. Br. J. Manag., 35: 24-35. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12791

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Department of Marketing, Innovation, Strategy and Operations, School of Business, University of Leicester

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British Journal of Management

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35

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1

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24-35

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Wiley

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1467-8551

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2023-12-14

Copyright date

2023

Available date

2024-01-31

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en

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