Mixed Methods Research in Accounting
Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Vol. 8, pp. 5-21, 2011
Posted: 9 May 2011
Date Written: May 5, 2011
Purpose: In this paper we set the scene for this special issue by synthesising the vast array of literature on mixed methods research, to examine what constitutes mixed methods research, and the associated strengths and risks attributed to this approach.
Design/Methodology/Approach: This paper takes the form of a literature review. We draw on extensive methods research from a diverse range of social science disciplines to identify and explore key definitions, opportunities and risks in mixed methods studies. We review a number of accounting studies that adopt mixed methods research approaches. This allows us to analyse variance in how mixed methods research is conceptualised across these studies and evaluate the perceived strengths and limitations of specific mixed methods design choices.
Findings: We identify a range of opportunities and challenges in the conduct of mixed methods research and illustrate these by reference to both published studies and the other contributions to this special issue.
Originality/Value: With the exception of Modell (2005, 2009, 2010) there is sparse discussion of the application and potential of mixed methods research in the extant accounting literature.
Keywords: methods research, research methods, methodology
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