The purpose of this paper is to address the qualitative synthesis and use of existing management research to inform management practice.
Three methods of qualitative synthesis, each with contrasting methodologies, are presented and their potential contribution in the management field explored.
Professional practice could be improved if practitioners had better access to the products of a large body of management research. Evidence‐based reviews of the literature in the management field could form a crucial bridge between research and practice. The task of reviewing and synthesising qualitative studies comprises a key challenge.
The key issues in conducting qualitative synthesis are highlighted and the barriers and enablers to the application of the product of qualitative synthesis in practice are discussed.
The paper stimulates debate about what counts as an effective synthesis of qualitative research and highlights the growing array of approaches. In so doing the paper presents new models for the production of evidence‐based reviews.
Denyer, D. and Tranfield, D. (2006), "Using qualitative research synthesis to build an actionable knowledge base", Management Decision, Vol. 44 No. 2, pp. 213-227. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251740610650201
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