Doctoral thesis

Exploring, understanding, and promoting pluralistic strategies for (qualitative) research


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Thèse de doctorat: Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021

English There have been growing calls in the field of management for pluralistic research, primarily because it allows for scientific discovery and advancement. However, despite these calls, the field of management is still homogenous in its research approaches and practices. This motivates the aim of this thesis, which is to explore, understand and promote pluralistic (qualitative) research. The present thesis has six chapters, which have been grouped under three parts - exploring disclosure as a prerequisite for pluralism, understanding pluralism in qualitative research & promoting pluralism in qualitative research. In part I of this thesis, we explore disclosure, which is also seen as a prerequisite for embracing pluralistic research. Therefore, in Chapter I, we interrogate transparency for quantitative papers, in which the aim is to understand the degree of disclosure of research procedures. We also interrogate the impact of transparency on article citations. In Chapter II, we interrogate the issue of disclosure for qualitative case study papers. The aim is to understand the relationship between different rigor criteria and case study design on article citations. Findings from this chapter form the basis for part II, in which the aim is to understand pluralism in qualitative research. Therefore, in this, part we interrogate three methodological aspects, which we discuss in Chapter III, Chapter IV and Chapter V. In Chapter III, we investigate case selection strategies for qualitative single case study research. In Chapter IV, we conceptualize different modes of theorizing styles for qualitative single case study research. In Chapter V, we interrogate different temporal modes of theorizing for qualitative research. Our insights from part II of this thesis are applied on part III, in which our aim is to promote pluralistic qualitative research. Therefore, in Chapter VI, we analyze an empirical single case study, which is the 2008 Large Hadron Collider breakdown at the world's most renowned Physics' lab, Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN). In this regard, we advocate for pluralistic (qualitative) research, which will allow both academic researchers and industry practitioners to understand management related phenomenon better.
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