n Journal of Public Administration - The purpose and relevance of a scientific literature review : a holistic approach to research

Volume 41, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This article addresses the need to carry out an effective and efficient literature review when conducting research of any kind. Its importance cannot be underestimated as it provides a review of a body of knowledge as well as a basis for the research undertaken. The purpose and importance of a literature review are considered before focussing on the strategy and procedure to be undertaken for reviewing literature. Finally emphasis is placed on useful guidelines to researchers / authors in ensuring a practical literature review. A holistic approach is called for in planning the research journey.

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