Conceptualisation of ambiguous-mixed-methods within building and construction research

Holt, Gary D. and Goulding, Jack (2014) Conceptualisation of ambiguous-mixed-methods within building and construction research. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 12 (2). pp. 244-262. ISSN 1726-0531

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The use of mixed-methods research (MMR) within building and construction research (BCR) is studied in detail. A new MMR paradigm, defined as ambiguous mixed-methods research (AMMR), is conceptualised within a BCR context. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Informal and inductive methodology combines experiential and anecdotal knowledge with synthesis of extant literature, to detail a cogent representation of the BCR research paradigm continuum. From this, the AMMR design is presented and its conceptualisation highlighted by reference to a small sample of published BCR studies.

Paradoxically, the BCR paradigm continuum is dichotomous in its quantitative and qualitative extremes; while between these, coalesced paradigms permeate it. Influenced predominantly by worldview, many BCR researchers select a methodology that aligns with either continuum extreme. But, the authors conceptualise, in practice this often relies on ambiguous AMMR characteristics.

Research limitations/implications:
AMMR offers BCR research and beyond, a new approach for making, designing and defending methodological decisions.

The AMMR paradigm was designed by the authors and is therefore entirely novel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Methodology, Paradigms, Ambiguous-mixed-methods, Research philosophy
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2017 10:03
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2017 10:03

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