Response Rates in Business and Management Research: An Overview of Current Practice and Suggestions for Future Direction

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Kamel Mellahi

The University of Warwick

Lloyd C. Harris

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Date Written: February 2016

Abstract

This paper examines response rates (RR) in published research in business and management journals. Its aim is to evaluate the efficacy of RR‐enhancing strategies, explore differences in RR between sub‐disciplines and geographical regions, provide a critical appraisal of RR in business and management research, and offer guidelines for assessing and improving RR in business and management research. Data are analysed from 1093 survey‐based papers published between 2009 and 2013 in a representative sample of business and management journals. The results of the study are discussed, and their implications for RR in business and management research are provided.

Suggested Citation

Mellahi, Kamel and Harris, Lloyd C., Response Rates in Business and Management Research: An Overview of Current Practice and Suggestions for Future Direction (February 2016). British Journal of Management, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 426-437, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2759068 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12154

Kamel Mellahi (Contact Author)

The University of Warwick ( email )

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

Lloyd C. Harris

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

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