Lecture 05 February 7 - Writing the literature review.docx
Management and Organizational Studies
Management and Organizational Studies 3330A/B
4-6 pages of lit review
1-2 pages implications of this for your own skills and behaviours
Use specific examples of how things might work differently
What would you differently? Why?
The more specific, the better
- Skills in negotiation
- Skills in cultivating attention and focus, in improving self-discipline
- Skills in listening, in providing feedback, “the role of listening techniques in de-escalating
Writing the literature review
A lit review offers a summary, analysis and synthesis of existing academic literature on a specific
o Focused, organised, and makes an argument
“State of the union”
o Current arguments and debates
o Progression of ideas
What has come to light over the time it has been studied?
o Methodology and evidence
How are they researching it – how has that affected findings?
o Unanswered questions and gaps
o Experts and key texts
Find a focus
o Narrow your search
General topic: managing for diversity
Narrowed topic: managing diverse sales teams
General topic: corporate responsibility
Narrowed topic: corporate voluntarism programs and employee satisfaction
Summarise and analyse
Key concepts and terminology
Main findings or arguments
Methods or evidence
Is the argument supported? How is the argument shaped by theoretical framework or subjective bias?
When and where was it written?
How are conclusions relevant to the field?
A lit review is not
o A collage
o An annotated bibliography
o An opportunity for personal critique
Organise and synthesis
o Discuss the current