Sustainability and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Lessons from Mixed Methods Research

A: Sustainability, SMEs and mixed methodsKey roots and approaches to sustainabilityIntroduction: The roots and meaning of sustainable developmentCritique and developmentsThe scientific-economic approach to sustainability and some critiquesTransformative approaches to sustainabilityReimagining sustainabilityBusiness and sustainabilityConclusionReferencesResearch on small and medium-sized enterprises and sustainabilityIntroductionSMEs and sustainabilityEnvironmental responsibility and SMEsBarriers to environmental improvement in the SME sectorDiscussion and conclusionReferencesMapping the existing methodological SME and sustainability landscapeIntroductionMethodological review of SME and Environment researchPublication trends in SMEs and EnvironmentGeographical mixed method developmentsRegional studiesDiscussion and conclusionReferencesAppendicesB: Mixed methods in sustainability SME research: A global outlookMixed methods research and environmental management: A reflective perspective of a research group and some lessons from experienceIntroductionDiscovering the usefulness of combining quantitative and qualitative methodsResearch questions and methodological choices in environmental management researchThe research methods we know may determine the research questions we askA deliberate and planned combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in environmental managementDiscovering mixed methods research literatureThe explicit application of mixed methods research in environmental managementMixed methods, practical relevance and grand challenges for a better societyMain obstacles and barriersMixed methods teamsConclusionReferencesQualitative to quantitative and back: Reflecting on mixed methods approach for examining sustainability and small businessIntroductionQualitative first: Mixed methods research reflectionsQuantitative first: Mixed methods research reflectionsDiscussion and conclusionNotesReferencesMixed-methods: A pragmatic approach to researching SMEs and sustainabilityIntroductionMixed methods research and sustainabilityA mixed-method PhD research studyMixed-methods approach - 'an obvious' choice when investigating sustainability within SMEsConclusionNoteReferencesReflecting on the use of mixed methods in the subject of sustainable strategies in manufacturing SMEsIntroductionSustainability and manufacturing strategy in the SME sectorThe philosophy of science perspectiveMixed methodsResearch designSampling and selectionResearch instrument: questionnaire designQuantitative data collectionData analysisDiscussion: mixing of datasetsStudy validationConclusionNoteReferencesA longitudinal mixed-method study of Australian SME environmental behaviourIntroductionThe Melbourne mixed-method studyBackground developmentsMixing the methodsPhilosophical underpinningsSequentially mixed-method designDiscussion and conclusionStudy implicationsNoteReferencesExploring differences in perspectives regarding mixed methods and transdisciplinary research: A dialogueIntroductionOur dialogueOn stages, causation and ontologiesPervasive tensions in the academyConclusionReferencesC: Added value, challenges and practical relevance of applying mixed methods in research on sustainability and SMEsExtending the value-added of mixed methods in sustainability researchIntroductionDefining mixed and multi-method researchPromoting analytic depth and inference qualityPurpose and contributionThe author's perspective about mixed methodsProcedures that integrate qualitative and quantitative methods to enhance inference qualityTwo Case Exemplars that Integrated Methods to Advance Inference QualityDiscussionConclusionReferencesAddressing the challenge of mixed methods integration through joint displays and clear writingIntroductionTerminology and language of mixed methodsStrategies for integrationMerging integration leads to meta-inferencesBuilding integration leads to new data collection toolsConnecting integration leads to new samplesSummary of integrationJoint displays as a visual integration strategyA joint display for mergingA joint display for buildingA joint display for connectingAdvanced joint displays using graphics or imagesWriting about integrationWhere to place the discussion of integrationHow to write integrated mixed methods resultsConclusionReferencesApplied mixed methods and the added valueIntroduction‚‚Assessing sustainability and the circular economy using mixed methodsIntroductionIndustrial symbiosisGotland IS parkUrban developmentUrban development in Perth, AustraliaUnderstanding the consequences of strategies for low carbon cities in 2050Summary and research needsReferencesBuilding a local authority sustainability framework using a pluralistic methodologyIntroductionFremantle in a climate contextOne Planet FremantleZero Carbon Energy - City of Fremantle's Corporate TargetZero Carbon Energy Fremantle Community TargetsPartnering with SMEsLessons learnt and conclusionReferencesApplied mixed methods research in the context of sustainability and businessIntroductionThe DiscussionConclusionNotesIntroductionSustainabilityWeak sustainabilityStrong sustainabilityLessons learned and implications for researchSustainability, ‘Grand Challenges’ and mixed methodsParadigmatic pluralismMixed methods and abductionMM design, sustainability and SME researchMethodological reportingGraphical display of methodologyConvergent mixed-method designSequential QUAL/QUAN designSequential QUAN/QUAL designFurther reflections on lessons learnedConclusionNotesReferences
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