oa Alternation - The matrix method of literature review

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In this contribution we document the concept matrix method of literature review that could be used as conceptual scaffolding at the beginning of a problem-based research project when the researcher's knowledge about the subject is finite and her/ his ignorance about it is more or less infinite. The concept matrix provides a means to systematise the process of literature review, thereby ensuring that a literature review does not become a subjective process stitching a patchwork quilt of references, or the unilateral cherry picking of references that supports one's point of view, while ignoring references that present contrary points of view.

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