The Future of Qualitative Research: Unity, fragmentation or pluralism?

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This short paper considers the future for qualitative management research. It argues that in order to maintain the legitimacy of the philosophical diversity evident in qualitative management research it is important to re-emphasise the link between epistemology and methodology and recognise that different knowledge–constituting assumptions can underpin what might on the surface seem to be very similar methodologies. This means that the ways in which any research is evaluated needs to be tied explicitly to the underlying philosophical assumptions at play and those involved in undertaking, judging and publishing research need to show increased awareness in the philosophical assumptions which underpin their judgements of research quality and a willingness to accept difference.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340 - 343
JournalQualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Methodology
  • Epistemology
  • Ontology
  • Qualitative methods


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