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Mixed methods research : phoenix of the paradigm wars

conference contribution
posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Roslyn CameronRoslyn Cameron, P Miller
A new era in research methods is emerging and has been quietly lauded by several emerging authorities in the field of mixed methods research. The paradigm wars of the 1980s have been replaced by a ‘paradigmatic soup’ (Buchanan & Bryman 2007) and multimethodolgy or methodological pluralism has become a dominant part of the research landscape. Like the mythology of the phoenix, mixed methods research has arisen out of the ashes of the paradigm wars to become the third methodological movement. The fields of applied social science and evaluation are among those which have shown the greatest popularity and uptake of mixed methods research designs. This paper provides an overview of the rise of mixed methods research, its usage in business and management fields and its relationship to the notion of triangulation and the philosophy of pragmatism. Typologies of mixed methods are discussed and a case study of a mixed method research design in the Human Resource Management field that used a sequential mixed model research design is presented.


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Proceedings of the 21st ANZAM 2007 Conference: managing our intellectual and social capital, Sydney, Australia, 4-7 December 2007.

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Sydney, Australia


Promoco Conventions Pty Ltd

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Canning Bridge, Western Australia

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  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

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International conference; Not affiliated to a Research Institute; Southern Cross University;

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Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference