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Research Objectives and Design

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Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)

Abstract

A mixed-methods approach, that reaps the synergies of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, is used in this book to investigate about the sustainability of Indian microfinance institutions (MFIs). This chapter explains, ‘why’ the author goes for this combined approach and ‘how’ she frames a three-phased sequential explanatory mixed-methods research design, to accomplish the objectives of her investigation. The author’s preference to use a research design that has ‘pragmatism’ as its underlying philosophy is revealed in this chapter.

Keywords

Indian MFIs Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Mixed Methods Research Design Sustainable MFIs Quantitative Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management & Labour StudiesTata Institute of Social Sciences Centre for Social EntrepreneurshipMumbaiIndia

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