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Formulating and clarifying the research topic: insights and a guide for the production management research community

Daniel Wintersberger; Mark Saunders

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Abstract

Abstract: Paper aims: To provide guidance on formulating and clarifying research questions from abstract and broad ideas.

Originality: Reports of empirical research invariably offer limited insights on the opaque process of developing research questions, aims and objectives. Moreover, we are not aware of a similar discussion within this journal, as well as other management journals.

Research method: This is a theoretical paper.

Main findings: Among other factors, our discussion highlights the role of theory and self-reflection in the process of research topic refinement. We consider the nature and types of theoretical contribution a research project can make, highlighting some common reasons why journal submissions are often rejected due to failure to provide a theoretical contribution.

Implications for theory and practice: Greater reflexivity in this process should ultimately lead to clearer theoretical contributions and more manageable research topics, with greater practical and societal relevance.

Keywords

Research note, Research questions, Reflexivity, Research objectives

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Submitted date:
06/21/2020

Accepted date:
10/08/2020

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