Qualitative Research in Finance

Posted: 11 Feb 2014

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Michelle Salmona

Australian National University (ANU)

Tom Smith

University of Queensland - Faculty of Business, Economics and Law; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: February 11, 2014

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of qualitative research to encourage finance researchers to apply a more diverse approach to current research practices. Social science researchers recognize that research questions should determine what research paradigm is best for each study. Imagine the benefits to finance if we expand our empirical sources of data to include what people have to say, which then allows us to explore the complex reasoning behind these conversations. It is the intent of this paper to enhance our current research practices in finance through the use of qualitative methods and to view this approach as an invaluable supplement or prelude to existing practices.

Keywords: finance, qualitative research

Suggested Citation

Salmona, Michelle and Smith, Tom M., Qualitative Research in Finance (February 11, 2014). Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2393985

Michelle Salmona

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Tom M. Smith (Contact Author)

University of Queensland - Faculty of Business, Economics and Law ( email )

4072 Brisbane, Queensland
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN) ( email )

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

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