Longitudinal tracer studies: Research methodology of the middle range

Chau, Vinh Sum and Witcher, Barry (2005) Longitudinal tracer studies: Research methodology of the middle range. British Journal of Management, 16 (4). pp. 343-355. ISSN 1045-3172

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This article reviews the longitudinal tracer study in the context of the researcher–practitioner relevance gap. It proposes the tracer as a methodological middle-range approach that takes account of relevancy and which involves practitioners in the research process. An ESRC research project about hoshin kanri (policy deployment) is used as an example to explain the longitudinal tracer study approach. The methodological approach is consistent with middle range theory and thinking, and involves skeletal prior theory, tags, a practitioner network, and continuous reflexivity. It is concluded that the longitudinal tracer study can be a useful middle-range solution to help close the researcher–practitioner gap.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2024 01:22
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/16545
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2005.00459.x

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