Mixed Methods in Emerging Academic Subdisciplines: The Case of Sport Management

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van der Roest, Jan-Willem, Spaaij, Ramon ORCID: 0000-0002-1260-3111 and van Bottenburg, Maarten (2013) Mixed Methods in Emerging Academic Subdisciplines: The Case of Sport Management. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. ISSN 1558-6898 (print) 1558-6901 (online)


This article examines the prevalence and characteristics of mixed methods research in the relatively new subdiscipline of sport management. A mixed methods study is undertaken to evaluate the epistemological/philosophical, methodological, and technical levels of mixed methods design in sport management research. The results indicate that mixed methods research is still rarely used, poorly legitimized and often weakly designed in this field. Our conclusions lead to the hypotheses that the more central a research field is, the higher the prevalence of mixed methods, and that mixed methods only slowly trickle down from central to more peripheral subdisciplines. Implications of the research findings for both mixed methods scholars and sport management researchers are discussed, and directions for future research are proposed.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/25000
DOI 10.1177/1558689813508225
Official URL http://mmr.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/10/28/15...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords mixed methods research, sport management, prevalence rates, design, paradigms
Citations in Scopus 27 - View on Scopus
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