The prevalence and implications of differing research methodology conceptions among business and management academics

The prevalence and implications of differing research methodology conceptions among business and management academics
Document type
Paper
Author(s)
Saunders, Mark; Bezzina, Frank
Publisher
British Academy of Management
Date of publication
10 September 2013
Series
British Academy of Management Conference Proceedings 2013
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This full paper from the Research Methodology track of BAM 2013 examines the extent to which differing conceptions regarding research methodology are held by academics involved in its teaching. Whilst the notion of students’ misconceptions of research methodologies has been reported reasonably widely in the literature, little research explores the extent to which these are endorsed or contested by academics. Using a web based questionnaire data were collected from 190 Business and Management academics with an expressed interest in research methodology, a 26.5% response rate. Data reveals considerable variability regarding what academics consider the purpose of research and conceptions of research practice. For the latter, these are most salient differences between qualitative and quantitative traditions. Finding fault with one tradition on the basis of the standards of the other does little to promote understanding. This emphasises the importance of academics involved in methods teaching recognising and express the legitimacy of different research traditions.

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