n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Management theory-building trends in South Africa : an archival analysis

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



A number of distinguished scholars believe that for theory development to occur within a field, qualitative research must precede empirical / quantitative research in order for the field to progress toward maturity. This study investigated the management literature published in South African journals from 1994-2004 to ascertain levels of use of qualitative, quantitative, conceptual and joint (quantitative and qualitative) research approaches in the field in South Africa. Conclusions on the trends of theory building in South Africa based on the research methodologies utilised in the extant literature are provided.

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