Methodological Rigor in Mixed Methods: An Application in Management Studies

Robert L. Harrison, Timothy M. Reilly, John W. Creswell

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As mixed methods continues to grow as a discipline, work to define what constitutes quality mixed methods research has become an emergent conversation. While progress has been made in this area, there has been some debate as to what quality entails and how to achieve it. This article contributes to mixed methods by highlighting the importance of rigor as an interdisciplinary baseline for quality evaluation and proposes a rigorous mixed methods framework. This framework is then applied to the management studies literature to give insight into a literature base where mixed methods research is still relatively nascent. Findings give examples of current practices in management studies as well as an example of how the rigorous mixed methods framework can be operationalized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-495
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Mixed Methods Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • management studies
  • mixed methods quality
  • mixed methods rigor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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