Research Methods for Strategic Management.pdf
The field of strategic management has developed significantly since its birth from "business policy" and "business planning" in the 1960s. Pioneering studies were essentially normative and prescriptive and often based on in-depth case studies. The evolution of strategic management into a respected field of academic study resulted from the adoption of research methods previously employed in economics. Today, research in strategic management is likely to employ a mixture of methods which can be confusing to researchers new to the field. This book provides the reader with a broad introduction to the array of qualitative and quantitative research methods required to investigate strategic management. Throughout the book, strong emphasis is placed on practical applications that transcend the mere analysis of the theoretical roots of single research methods. The underlying result is a book which encourages and aids readers to "learn by doing" - in applying the implications of each chapter to their own research. This text will be vital reading for students who need to undertake research in strategic management from Masters through to Doctoral research and beyond.
Giovanni Battista Dagnino is Professor of Business Economics and Management at University of Catania, Italy Maria Cristina Cinici is Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Management at the University of Messina, Italy
1. Introduction: New Frontiers in Research Methods for Strategic Management (Maria Cristina Cinici and Giovanni Battista Dagnino) 2. Epistemological Lineage and Dominant Paradigms in Strategic Management Research (Giovanni Battista Dagnino) Part 1: Testing and Developing Theory in Strategic Management 3. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods in Strategic Management (Thomas Moliterno) 4. The Contribution of Social Networks Methods to Strategic Management (Simone Ferriani and Raffaele Corrado) 5. Structural Equations Modeling: Theory and Applications in Strategic Management (Gaetano Miceli and Claudio Barbaranelli) 6. Multiple Case Studies to Build Strategy Theories (Christopher Bingham) Part 2: Analyzing Text and Talk in Strategic Management 7. Strategic Discourse Analysis and Interpretative Research: Current Problems and Future Directions (Eero Vaara) 8. Making the Case for Narrative Methods in Strategic Management (Roger Dunbar) 9. In Search of Strategy Meanings: Semiotics and its Applications (Maria Cristina Cinici) 10. On the Use of Cognitive Mapping in Strategic Management (Gerard Hodgkinson)Part 3: Novel Methodological Approaches in Strategic Management Research 11. Simulation and Experimental Methods Approach in Strategic Management (Russel R. Barton) 12. Meta-Analytical Methods in Strategic Management: An Empirical Examination 13. Bibliometric, Citations and Co-Citation Analysis: Potential and Promise for Strategic Management Research (Marco Galvagno) 14. Applying Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Set Analysis to Strategic Management: An Illustration with "?" Strategies (Thomas Greckhamer) 15. Neuroscientific Methods Applications in Strategic Management (Sebastiano Massaro) Part 4: Research Design and Execution in Strategic Management 16. Role and Function of the Principal Investigator in Large and Complex Strategic Management Research Projects (Vincent Mangematin and Anne Casati) 17. Data Collection Protocol and Database Preparation for Strategy Research: Challenges and Methods (Giorgia D'Allura) 18. Designing and Performing a Multi-Method Research in Strategic Management (Alan Bryman)