Critical literature reviews: A critique and actionable advice

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dc.contributor.author Wright, Alex
dc.contributor.author Michailova, Snejina
dc.date.accessioned 2022-03-07T01:26:39Z
dc.date.available 2022-03-07T01:26:39Z
dc.identifier.issn 1350-5076
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/58492
dc.description.abstract <jats:p> This article treats critical literature reviews as a distinct review type, and presents a critique of author-labeled critical literature reviews in Organization and Management Studies. We identify and problematize 275 review articles that claim to critically review a body of literature and find that most to not deliver on this claim. Many critical literature reviews do not adequately explain what is meant by “critical” and are highly uncritical in their execution. We reveal the following two significant problems: lack of construct clarity and a prevailing “group, re-present, and summarize” approach. We also identify 19 exemplary critical literature reviews—those that exhibit judgment about the literature they cover. These are drawn from across the onto-epistemological spectrum, so include works from within both the positivist and interpretivist traditions. We propose a “Call for Action” aimed at authors, reviewers, and editors to increase critical literature reviews’ quality and impact. We enhance the long tradition within Management Learning for improving scholarship and focus on a skill all academics are required to learn, exercise, and demonstrate—to conduct high-quality literature reviews. </jats:p>
dc.language en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartofseries Management Learning
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm
dc.subject 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
dc.subject 1503 Business and Management
dc.title Critical literature reviews: A critique and actionable advice
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/13505076211073961
pubs.begin-page 135050762110739
dc.date.updated 2022-02-11T21:19:50Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 135050762110739
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RetrictedAccess en
pubs.elements-id 883060
dc.identifier.eissn 1461-7307
pubs.online-publication-date 2022-2-11


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