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The acceptance of mixed methods in business and management research

Roslyn Cameron (School of Management and Marketing, Central Queensland University, Gladstone, Australia)
Jose F. Molina‐Azorin (Department of Management, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 26 July 2011




The purpose of this study is to examine the prevalence of mixed methods research across several business and management fields and to gauge the level of acceptance of mixed methods within these fields.


The methodology employed for this study involved synthesizing the findings from six large‐scale methodological scans of business and management discipline journals in seven fields: marketing, international business, strategic management, organizational behaviour, operations management, entrepreneurship and human resource management.


The study finds that quantitative studies dominate all seven fields (76 per cent of empirical articles) followed by mixed methods (14 per cent of empirical articles) and qualitative studies (10 per cent of empirical articles). In applying the framework for acceptance levels, it would seem there exists minimal acceptance of mixed methods across these fields.

Research limitations/implications

The study has limitations related to the coverage of different disciplines and differences in sample sets. More extensive research is planned for the future and will involve an expanded mixed method prevalence rate study across additional business and management fields.

Practical implications

The growing use of mixed methods has practical implications for research training and capacity building within business schools. The study points to the need to develop research capacity through the introduction of postgraduate courses in mixed methods and advanced research skills training for existing researchers.


Mixed methods is a relatively new and emerging methodological movement. This paper attempts to gauge the use and level of acceptance of mixed methods across a diverse range of business and management discipline areas.



Cameron, R. and Molina‐Azorin, J.F. (2011), "The acceptance of mixed methods in business and management research", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 256-271.



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