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A content and comparative analysis of strategic management research in the Baltic area: A research agenda for qualitative studies

Miguel Gonzalez-Loureiro (Business Management and Marketing, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain)
Marina Dabic (Department of International Economics, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)
Olivier Furrer (Department of Business Administration, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland)

Baltic Journal of Management

ISSN: 1746-5265

Article publication date: 7 April 2015




The purpose of this paper is to provide a research agenda for qualitative studies in the field of strategic management (SM) in the Baltic area.


A total of 167 SM-related articles in this area between 2000 and 2013 were found. The content within title, abstract and authors’ keywords was analysed by means of a multiple correspondence analysis based on the HOMALS technique.


The intellectual structure of SM in the Baltic area is to some extent similar to the global structure of the field. Hence research on this topic in the Baltic area is well integrated in the field. Three topics of interest have been identified while the fourth seems to offer more limited opportunities for qualitative studies. These are: entry and competition; strategic behaviour and the micro-foundations of strategy; the growth-performance relationship; and global strategies.

Research limitations/implications

Despite the modest number of articles in our sample, the findings are consistent with past research on the structure of the SM field. The classification of articles into qualitative- and quantitative-based methods helped provide a research agenda.

Practical implications

SM scholars in the Baltic area may find this paper as an interesting input to their quest for finding and justifying their own research path.


This is an original literature review. The use of a quantitative method in the literature review and the suggested matrix is a second original contribution to evolving methodologies for content analysis. The method allows the inclusion of large samples while limiting the use of scholars’ intuition.



Gonzalez-Loureiro, M., Dabic, M. and Furrer, O. (2015), "A content and comparative analysis of strategic management research in the Baltic area: A research agenda for qualitative studies", Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 243-266.



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