A Framework for Rigorously Identifying Research Gaps in Qualitative Literature Reviews

Christoph Müller-Bloch, Johann Kranz

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Abstract

Identifying research gaps is a fundamental goal of literature reviewing. While it is widely acknowledged that literature reviews should identify research gaps, there are no methodological guidelines for how to identify research gaps in qualitative literature reviews ensuring rigor and replicability. Our study addresses this gap and proposes a framework that should help scholars in this endeavor without stifling creativity. To develop the framework we thoroughly analyze the state-of-the-art procedure of identifying research gaps in 40 recent literature reviews using a grounded theory approach. Based on the data, we subsequently derive a framework for identifying research gaps in qualitative literature reviews and demonstrate its application with an example. Our results provide a modus operandi for identifying research gaps, thus enabling scholars to conduct literature reviews more rigorously, effectively, and efficiently in the future.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings / International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
ISSN0000-0033
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Research Gap Identification
  • Qualitative Literature Review
  • Grounded Theory Framework
  • Methodological Guidelines
  • State-of-the-Art Procedure

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