Skip to main content

Research Methodology: An Introduction

  • Chapter
  • First Online:
Modernizing the Academic Teaching and Research Environment

Part of the book series: Progress in IS ((PROIS))

Abstract

Digital age brings the most dramatic changes in this study and research discipline as well as in other fields of human activities. Scientific research is known for a very long time, however in comparison with other research fields the business and management researches are a little bit younger. The information technologies and new research methodologies that have recently emerged, dramatically change the nature of the research. Therefore, researchers should be ready to absorb new possibilities and follow basic roles coming from earlier stages of the discipline. The intention of this chapter is to provide a brief introduction to those aspects of pertinent research to beginner researchers. The chapter presents the nature of scientific research so that it may be clearly understood and uses, as its basic approach, the fundamental principles of problem solving. The scope of the research provides an overviews the entire assumptions about reality, knowledge and human nature, key terms of theory and research presented. Main concepts of the research are discussed and all this is oriented to business, management and economic science specific.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

eBook
USD 16.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

References

  1. A. Saunders, M. Lewis, P. Thornhill, Research Methods for Business Students, 6th edn (Harlow: Pearson, 2012)

    Google Scholar 

  2. B. Blumberg, D.R. Cooper, P.S. Schindler, Business Research Methods, 3rd edn. (McGraw-Hill, London, 2011)

    Google Scholar 

  3. A. Bryman, E. Bell, Business Research Methods, 3rd edn. (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015)

    Google Scholar 

  4. A.J. Veal, Business Research Methods: A Managerial Approach (Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, 2005)

    Google Scholar 

  5. Y.K. Singh, Fundamental of Research Methodology and Statistics (New Age International (P) Ltd, 2006)

    Google Scholar 

  6. A.A. Berger, No Title Media and communication research methods: an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches, Third Edition (Sage, Thousand Oaks (Calif.), 2013)

    Google Scholar 

  7. A. Carsrud, M. Brannback, Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2014)

    Google Scholar 

  8. D.R. Cooper, P.S. Schindler, Business Research Methods, 12th edn. (McGraw-Hill Education, New York, 2013)

    Google Scholar 

  9. M. Easterby-Smith, R. Thorpe, P.R. Jackson, Management Research, 4th edn. (SAGE Publications Ltd, London, 2012)

    Google Scholar 

  10. S. Greener, Business Research Methods (Ventus Publishing ApS, Denmark, 2008)

    Google Scholar 

  11. S.L. Jackson, Research Methods and Statistics: A Critical Thinking Approach (Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Belmont (Calif.), 2012)

    Google Scholar 

  12. B.C. Lindlof, T.R., Taylor, Qualitative Communication Research Methods (Sage, Thousand Oaks (Calif.), 2011)

    Google Scholar 

  13. A.J. Pickard, Research Methods in Information (Facet, London, 2013)

    Google Scholar 

  14. T. Stokes, P., Wall, Research Method (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2014)

    Google Scholar 

  15. A.H. Walle, Qualitative Research in Business: A Practical Overview (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2015)

    Google Scholar 

  16. W.G. Zikmund, B.J. Babin, J.C. Carr, M. Griffin, Business Research Methods, 9th edition (South-Western: Cengage Learning, 2013)

    Google Scholar 

  17. D.C. Mark Teale, V. Dispenza, J. Flynn, Management Decision Making: Towards an Integrative Approach (Financial Times/Prentice Hall, USA, 2002)

    Google Scholar 

  18. B.C. Agrawal, Anthropological Methods for Communication Research: Experiences and Encounters During SITE (Concept Publishing Company, Delhi, 1985)

    Google Scholar 

  19. Britanica, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations | work by Smith | Britannica.com. www.britannica.com/topic/An-Inquiry-into-the-Nature-and-Causes-of-the-Wealth-of-Nations. [Accessed: 16 Dec 2015]

  20. L.B. Christensen, R.B. Johnson, L.A. Turner, Research Methods, Design, and Analysis (Pearson, Boston (Mass.), 2013)

    Google Scholar 

  21. N. Blaikie, Designing Social Research (2009)

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Vida Davidavičienė .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

Copyright information

© 2018 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature

About this chapter

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this chapter

Davidavičienė, V. (2018). Research Methodology: An Introduction. In: Marx Gómez, J., Mouselli, S. (eds) Modernizing the Academic Teaching and Research Environment. Progress in IS. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74173-4_1

Download citation

Publish with us

Policies and ethics