Underappreciated Method-Related Choices in Business Research

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Author list: Silva, A.
Publisher: EduPedia Publictions / SureShotPOST Online Publishing
Publication year: 2015
Journal: International Journal of Research (2348-795X)
Journal acronym: IJR
Volume number: 2
Issue number: 5
Start page: 50
End page: 79
Number of pages: 30
ISSN: 2348-795X
eISSN: 2348-6848
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


This paper sounds the bell as to how social
sciences are likely to be populated with many
under-appreciated method problems and
consequent misinterpretations of findings. Our
conclusions are derived from a dataset
originally collected to evaluate three major
likely influences on the profitability and growth
of unquoted Small and Medium-Sized
Enterprises (SMEs) in Portugal: financial
management and strategy (options open to the
firms); resources (human capital); and market
conditions. We performed a sensitivity analysis
of results to methodological aspects at three
major levels: (1) the mix of data cleaning
procedures ministered to the raw dataset; (2)
the method of analysis; and (3) the definition of
variables. We conclude results are subject to a
certain degree of thereof variability.


Economics, Management, Research


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