n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - A content analysis of the research practices reported in the management journal 'Management Dynamics'




The publication of scholarly work is vital for the creation and dissemination of knowledge in any academic discipline. Only limited published research is, however, available on the status of scholarly management research in South Africa, and a need exists to review published academic articles, especially in terms of current research practices. A total of 108 articles that appeared in the journal during the period 2004 to 2011 have been reviewed by means of content analysis. The study identified the following practices: a high number of co-authored articles; a high rate of reliability reporting; low levels of validity reporting; an inadequate description of sampling design in some cases; and a preference for surveys. The study also identified a preference among authors for non-probability sampling methods; a low participation rate from industry practitioners; limited theoretical embodiment of the research; and inadequate efforts of authors to interpret their empirical findings in terms of managerial implications.The limitations of the current research practices utilised by management scientists could assist researchers to adapt to the demands of the contemporary research environment.


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