Tips on writing up (and reviewing) qualitative research

Tips on writing up (and reviewing) qualitative research

Qualitative research is great for addressing “how” questions—rather than “how many”; for understanding the world from the perspective of those studied; and for examining and articulating processes. For the next two weeks we will focus on how to present such qualitative data, or one should maybe rather say how to present qualitative empirical material. The first text we will have is an AMJ editorial from 2009 providing some tips on both writing up and reviewing qualitative research, at least from the perspective of ‘a top-tier journal’.

The focus of the editorial is on one type of qualitative research— inductive qualitative research—and the challenges that face the qualitative researcher, and the qualitative reviewer, during the review process for a top-tier journal. Academy of Management Journal (AMJ) is open to a variety of qualitative methodologies, this “equifinality” can make it extremely difficult to both write and evaluate qualitative research. Hence, tips are needed.

Pratt, Michael G. (2009), For the lack of a boilerplate: Tips on writing up (and reviewing) qualitative research, Academy of Management Journal, Vol 52 (5), pp. 858-862.

The full paper can be downloaded here.