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Research in Crisis: COVID-19 and Methodological Adaptation

Research in Times of Crisis

ISBN: 978-1-80071-798-5, eISBN: 978-1-80071-797-8

Publication date: 20 September 2021


COVID-19 has generated unprecedented circumstances with a tremendous impact on the global community. The academic community has also been affected by the current pandemic, with strategy and management researchers now required to adapt elements of their research process from study design through to data collection and analysis. This chapter makes a contribution to the research methods literature by documenting the process of adapting research in light of rapidly changing circumstances, using vignettes of doctoral students from around the world. In sharing their experience of shifting from the initially proposed methodologies to their modified or completely new methodologies, they demonstrate the critical importance of adaptability in research. In doing so, this chapter draws on core literature of adaptation and conducting research in times of crises, aiming to provide key learnings, methodological tips and a “story of hope” for scholars who may be faced with similar challenges in the future.



Jung, J., Koli, M.K., Mavros, C., Smith, J. and Stepanian, K. (2021), "Research in Crisis: COVID-19 and Methodological Adaptation", Hill, A.D., Lê, J.K., McKenny, A.F., O'Kane, P., Paroutis, S. and Smith, A.D. (Ed.) Research in Times of Crisis (Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Vol. 13), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 151-177.



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