The field of strategic management has developed significantly since its birth from "business policy" and "business planning" in the 1960s. Pioneering studies were essentially normative, prescriptive, and often based on in-depth case studies. The evolution of strategic management into a respected field of academic study resulted from the adoption of research methods previously employed in economics. Today, research in strategic management is likely to employ a mixture of methods borrowed from related and unrelated disciplines, such as politcal sciences, psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, which can be confusing to researchers new to the field.

This book provides the reader with a broad introduction to the array of qualitative and quantitative research methods required to investigate strategic management. Throughout the book, strong emphasis is placed on practical applications that transcend the mere analysis of the theoretical roots of single research methods. The underlying result is a book that encourages and aids readers to "learn by doing" – in applying the implications of each chapter to their own research.

This text is vital reading for postgraduate students and researchers focused on business strategy.

chapter 1|14 pages

Introduction: new frontiers in research methods for strategic management

ByGiovanni Battista Dagnino, Maria Cristina Cinici

chapter 2|34 pages

Evolutionary lineage of the dominant paradigms in strategic management research

ByGiovanni Battista Dagnino

part |2 pages

PART I Testing and developing theory in strategic management

chapter 3|27 pages

Multilevel models for strategy research: an idea whose time (still) has come

ByThomas P. Moliterno, Robert E. Ployhart

chapter 4|20 pages

Contextualized explanation in strategy research

ByHarry Sminia

chapter 5|39 pages

Structural equations modeling: theory and applications in strategic management

ByGaetano “Nino” Miceli and Claudio Barbaranelli

chapter 6|30 pages

Templates and turns in qualitative studies of strategy and management

ByAnn Langley, Chahrazad Abdallah

part |2 pages

PART II Analyzing texts and talks in strategic management

chapter 7|32 pages

In search of strategy meanings: semiotics and its applications

ByMaria Cristina Cinici

chapter 8|26 pages

Putting numbers to words in the discernment of meaning: applications of repertory grid in strategic management

ByGerard P. Hodgkinson, Robert P. Wright, Sotirios Paroutis

part |2 pages

PART III Novel methodological approaches in strategic management research

chapter 10|30 pages

Neuroscientific methods for strategic management

BySebastiano Massaro

part |2 pages

PART IV Research design and execution in strategic management

chapter 11|26 pages

A multi-indicator approach for tracking field emergence: the rise of Bologna Nanotech

BySimone Ferriani, Gianni Lorenzoni, Damiano Russo

chapter 13|18 pages

Designing and performing a mixed methods research in strategic management

ByJose Francisco Molina-Azorin