A Critical Look at the Practice of Literature Review

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Marcelo de Souza Bispo
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Despite the advantages of literature review and the abundance of texts that discuss it, there is still a gap in critical reflection on its methodologies and uses. My goal in this editorial is to reflect on the practice of literature review in the administration field from a critical perspective. The literature review I am referring to is not just a set of techniques for conducting it; it is a collective doing among scholars, producing specific knowledge. By drawing on concepts such as fad, methodologism, and decolonial critique, we can conclude that contrary to the common belief among researchers, following rigid protocols in literature review does not necessarily lead to new knowledge. Instead, it reproduces pre-existing ways of thinking about a topic, which can inhibit reflective and critical thinking about research findings.


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Bispo, M. de S. (2023). A Critical Look at the Practice of Literature Review. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 27(6), e230264. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-7849rac2023230264.en


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