Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods https://academic-publishing.org/index.php/ejbrm <p><strong>The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods (EJBRM)</strong> publishes papers and provides perspectives on topics relevant to research methodology in the field of business and management. The journal contributes to the development of theory and practice. The journal accepts academically robust papers that contribute to the area of research methodology in business and management studies.</p> en-US <p><strong>Open Access Publishing</strong></p> <p>The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods operates an Open Access Policy. This means that users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the <em>full texts</em> of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, is that authors control the integrity of their work, which should be properly acknowledged and cited.</p> <p><a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/" rel="license"><img src="https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-nd/4.0/88x31.png" alt="Creative Commons License" /></a></p> <p>This Journal is licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/" target="_blank" rel="license noopener">Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License</a>.</p> meryl.toomey@academic-conferences.org (Meryl Toomey) sue@academic-conferences.org (Sue Nugus) Wed, 24 Mar 2021 19:32:02 +0000 OJS 3.3.0.6 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Rigour in the Management Case Study Method: A Study on Master's Dissertations https://academic-publishing.org/index.php/ejbrm/article/view/2072 <p>Many authors argue that the case study is a valid and advantageous research method for certain studies, having been used as a method of academic research in the field of social sciences as well as in management. This research method is an integrated system and offers the opportunity for a holistic view that combines data collection methods such as archival searches, interviews, questionnaires and observation. The data collection needed to build a case study is labour-intensive, can last months or even years, and data overload seems almost inevitable. The case study is an empirical inquiry that investigates a contemporary phenomenon within a real-life context. In this research method, qualitative data usually predominates, but quantitative data often appears in case studies. Some research studies consider the case study to be a research method for validating and constructing theory. Other research highlights that all social science studies must start with a theory based on a review of the literature relating to the subject under investigation and this theory must then be validated through the study of a specific object, phenomenon or social problem. The key point is that before a theory can be validated, it must be constructed. In other words, a theory or theoretical framework first emerges not through a deductive process but through the inductive approach of studying an empirical case or object, and finally all theories are initially based on a case or object. This type of research has traditionally been considered soft, due to the inexistence of criteria that allow to evaluate its validity as a method to study a phenomenon in its real context. The present work is part of this theme and intends to contribute to diminish the perception about the lack of rigour associated with the case study. The present research focuses on the analysis of the methodological rigour of defended master's dissertations. In this context an investigation was undertaken of master's dissertations in the management area of a higher education management institution that use the case study as the research method. In order to achieve our goals, four hundred and forty-two master's dissertations defended in management scientific master's degrees in a Portuguese higher education institution which specializes in the area of economic and business sciences were analysed. The results of the qualitative research indicate that 40.0% of the dissertations focus on case studies. The results obtained lead us to conclude that in general the dissertations analysed present a high level of methodological rigour with respect to the object of study and a moderate level with respect to data analysis and results. The most critical aspects are the way data are collected, namely the use of multiple sources of evidence in less than half of the cases, which makes triangulation of data impossible.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Miguel Varela, Paula Lopes, Rosa Rodrigues Copyright (c) 2021 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 https://academic-publishing.org/index.php/ejbrm/article/view/2072 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Reflexivity as a Vital Skill for Future Researchers and Professionals https://academic-publishing.org/index.php/ejbrm/article/view/2124 <p>The emergence of a reflective paradigm in higher education in the last two decades, has been emphasised as a necessary skill both for future business professionals and researchers. The development of these skills should therefore be included in business school curricula. The ability to critically reflect has been identified as a crucial part of employability. This calls for developing pedagogical approaches that will stimulate students’ critical thinking skills, encourage self-review as well as convey practice realities. This paper presents an application of such pedagogical methods applied in a set of course activities aimed specifically at developing reflexivity and self-efficacy of undergraduate business students, within the context of a university of applied sciences. It also demonstrates that the pedagogical solutions applied not only resulted in the desired learning outcomes, but also produced additional benefits to the students. A pedagogical approach was created and incorporated into one semester International Business Communication course taught to undergraduate international business students. It aimed at developing critical thinking skills, and reflexivity. It was incorporated in three activities: (1) introducing the students to the concept of reflexivity (reflecting on reflection), (2) writing reflectively about own cultural identity (reflection in action), (3) story writing and storytelling (reflecting on action). The methodological approach used was qualitative interpretation, and the method applied was narrative analysis of the data generated by reflective narratives created by the students. The findings showed that reflexivity was identified as a new concept, both necessary and helpful in self-development. Reflecting on one’s own cultural identity created different types of awareness, which contributed to developing deeper knowledge about one’s own cultural identity. Reflecting on story writing and storytelling showed the following learning benefits: discovering creative potential, as well as developing confidence in dealing with new, unexpected, and challenging situations. Moreover, the following additional learning benefits were identified: enhanced openness towards the immediate environment, improved understanding of otherness, and the applicability of the above skills for business professionals and researchers.</p> Anna Kimberley Copyright (c) 2021 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 https://academic-publishing.org/index.php/ejbrm/article/view/2124 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Understanding the Relationships between Fields of Research https://academic-publishing.org/index.php/ejbrm/article/view/2125 <p>This paper suggests how mutual understanding and respect may be fostered between very different fields of research, which seem to have little in common. The meaning and value of each field, and the relationships among them, are revealed using Dooyeweerd's aspects. Dooyeweerd is rare among philosophers in having made an intensive study of the diversity and coherence of meaningfulness. In this way, researchers in one field can more fully understand the ways in which findings or research in other fields are meaningful. Dooyeweerd's inter-aspect relationships help us understand the types of relationship a field might have with others.</p> Andrew Basden Copyright (c) 2021 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 https://academic-publishing.org/index.php/ejbrm/article/view/2125 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0000