Deriving a Theoretical Framework for Interpreting Management Research Results in South Africa

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34190/ecrm.21.1.418

Keywords:

Literature review, Conceptual Framework,, Management Research, South Africa

Abstract

Drawing from a study investigating performance management in South African public institutions, this article highlights the significance of literature review as a technique for deriving a theoretical framework for interpreting public management research results. Specifically, the article argues that the process of developing an interpretive framework begins with understanding the difference between a conceptual frameworks and a theoretical framework. Understanding this distinction is important because students and seasoned researchers often treat these concepts as synonyms, of which they are not. As a result, most postgraduate management students in South Africa struggle to effectively use literature review as a technique for constructing a framework for interpreting their research findings. Exacerbating this struggle is that most universities do not offer structured teaching on how to do literature review and specifically use it to construct a theoretical framework. Therefore, this article provides guidance on how postgraduate management students in South Africa should effectively use literature review to develop a framework for interpreting research findings. In developing this guidance, the article drew from an ongoing research and existing literature on research conceptualisation to demonstrate the significance of literature review as a technique for interpreting research results. In other words, the article applies a combination of research theory and practice to contribute knowledge on how to construct a theoretical framework for interpreting research results.

Author Biography

Basia Dennis Bless, Wits School of Governance, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa



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2022-05-23